Have Fun in the Sun Safely!

Summer’s arrival means it’s time for picnics, trips to the pool and beach—and a spike in the number of sunburns.

Studies show that exposure to the sun can cause skin cancer. Harmful rays from the sun—and from tanning beds—may also cause eye problems, weaken your immune system, and give you skin spots, wrinkles or “leathery” skin.

Reduce Time in the Sun
Limit sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Even on an overcast day, up to 80 percent of the sun’s UV rays can get through the clouds.

Dress with Care
Wear clothes that protect your body. If you plan on being outside on a sunny day, cover as much of your body as possible.

Be Serious about Sunscreen
Check labels to make sure you get an SPF of 15+ and that sunscreen has “broad spectrum” protection and is water resistant. Apply evenly 15 minutes before going out and reapply every two hours.

Protect the Eyes
Reflecting sunlight increases exposure to UV radiation and increases your risk of developing eye problems. When buying sunglasses, look for a label that offers 99-100% UV protection.

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About Caitlin Driscoll

I have been the Public Relations Director of the Better Business Bureau of Western PA since November 2011.