Protect yourself from UV Rays this summer
What are UV Rays?
Control your exposure to UV
You can control your UV exposure both by adjusting what environments you visit, and what you wear. If you are sitting in the sun by the beach or a lake, limit your exposure, especially during peak hours. Stay in the shade as much as possible. Clothing that blocks these rays while still keeping you cool includes wide-brimmed hats, beach cover-up dresses, and sunglasses. For exposed areas of the skin, use sunscreen.
What is SPF?
What does SPF mean and why is it important?
How do I choose the best sunscreen?
- Choose a sunscreen with “broad spectrum” on the label. These products have to pass a test in order to earn this title. Broad-spectrum means that the product protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Products that aren’t broad spectrum must carry a warning that they only protect against sunburn, not skin cancer or skin aging.
- Make sure your sunscreen has an SPF 30 or higher because it filters out 97% of UVB rays.
- No sunscreens are waterproof or sweat-proof, and manufacturers are not allowed to claim that they are. If a product claims to be water-resistant, it must specify whether it lasts for 40 minutes or 80 minutes while swimming or sweating. For best results, reapply sunscreen at least every 2 hours.