Sun Safety

Travel Clinics of America - Sun ExposureThere is no such thing as a healthy sun tan. Sun exposure and tanning damage skin and cause wrinkles and skin cancer. Fair-skinned people, those with a family history of skin cancer and those who burn easily are more at risk for sun-induced skin damage. Certain medications, especially antibiotics, may increase sensitivity to sunlight.

  • Limit sun exposure, especially between 10AM and 2PM when sunlight is most intense.

  • Wear protective clothing (look for UPF labels), wide brimmed hat and sunglasses.

  • Use sunscreens with SPF 30 or higher. Apply 20 minutes before exposure including toes and ears. Reapply frequently especially after swimming or sweating.

  • Apply sunscreen before mosquito repellent.

  • If you do get sunburned, use cool compresses, ibuprofen for pain and soothing lotions. Wear protective clothing and stay in the shade or under an umbrella to avoid further damage.

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