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Sun Safety

There 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. Follow these steps to lessen your sun exposure:

  • 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 to exposed 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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