A sun-smart checklist
WE NEED THE SUN TO LIVE, but we also know of the grave dangers of overexposure. Follow these tips to protect yourself.
• Wear protective clothing, including a wide-brimmed hat, a long-sleeved
shirt and long pants, during prolonged periods of sun exposure.
• When possible, avoid direct sunlight between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
• Wear sunglasses with UV protective lenses outdoors and while driving
to protect your eyes. If you wear prescription glasses, these can be fitted
with UV protective lenses as well.
• Avoid years of aging sun damage on your hands by wearing driving gloves
in the car every day or using hand cream with UV protection.
• Use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher once a day
or more on all exposed skin. If you have short hair, don’t forget the tops of
your ears and the back of your neck.
• Make sure your sunscreen offers true broad-spectrum UVA and UVB
protection (see illustration below). Apply enough and reapply often.
• If your skin is sensitive, use a sunblock containing titanium dioxide
or zinc oxide with a minimum SPF of 30.
• Apply a lip balm with an SPF of 15 or higher, and reapply frequently.
• Be sure to apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before exposure or
• Keep sun protection products close at hand—in the glove compartment
of the car, in your bag, in your desk at work—everywhere you’re likely
to be, and not just in the bathroom.
• Cosmetic and skin-care products with SPF ratings won’t provide all
of the sun protection you need. For maximum protection, use both,
layering one over the other.
• Visit your dermatologist yearly for a full-body skin examination,
particularly if you got bad sunburns as a child or teen or have had
close relatives with skin cancer. A
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THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF UV RAYS
UVA rays are more penetrating, damaging UVB rays harm the skin’s surface and are
collagen and elastin, which results in signs of the primary cause of sunburn.
premature aging and may lead to skin cancer.