Using the following tips will protect the skin from the sun’s UV rays and lessen the risk of getting skin cancer.
- Avoid being outdoors for long periods of time during the day, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. (even on cloudy days). This is when UV rays are most intense.
- Seek shade under a tree, umbrella or shelter.
- Cover up with light-weight clothing. Certain styles and fabrics can increase your protection, according to the ACS. It is best to wear: blue or black denim, 100 percent polyester, shiny polyester blends, satin-finish silk of any weight, tightly woven fabrics or unbleached cotton.
- Wear a hat to protect your face, scalp, ears and neck.
- Use sunscreen and lip balm containing at least an SPF (sun protection factor) of 15. Apply sunscreen 20-30 minutes before exposure to the sun so it can be absorbed in your skin. Be sure to read the directions carefully.
- Wear sunglasses that deter UV rays, which can cause cataracts. Wrap-around sunglasses with at least 99 percent UV absorption gives the best protection.
- Make sure you and your children are protected every time you go outside. The sun's UV rays could add to later developments of skin cancer. After continuous sun damage, such as repeated sunburns, UV damage builds up and remains in the deeper layers of the skin.
For more information please visit the American Cancer Society Sun Safety Web site.