• Protect Yourself from the Sun All Year Long


    Most people think about sun protection only in the summer. But the sun shines 365 days a year. So it is important that you protect yourself all year long. By following these steps, you will help your skin stay healthy over time.

    Seek the shade.

    • Stay in the shade as much as you can.
    • Remember that sunlight bounces off reflective surfaces, including the sand. This means that sunlight can reach you even beneath an umbrella or a tree.
    • Try to avoid the sun between 10 am and 2 pm. This is when the sun's damaging ultraviolet rays are the strongest.

    Use sunscreen.

    • Use a sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher whenever you are outside.
    • Choose a sunscreen with ingredients that block both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. (UVA rays cause early aging, while UVB rays cause burns. Both types of rays cause cancer.) Ingredients to look for include zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, parsol 1789 (avobenzone) or mexoryl sx. Here are some of the sunscreens with an SPF of 30 or higher that we recommend:
       
      • Blue Lizard
      • Blue Lizard Baby
      • Blue Lizard Sensitive Skin
      • Clinique Super City Block
      • Coppertone Spectra 3
      • Coppertone Sport
      • Cotz/Total Block
      • EltaMD
      • La Roche-Posay Anthelios 40
      • Neutrogena Age Shield with Helioplex
      • Neutrogena Body Mist with Helioplex (either the Fresh Cooling or Ultra Sheer brand)
      • Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch with Helioplex
      • Neutrogena Sensitive Skin
      • Ombrelle Lotion/Spray
      • Sea and Ski Dry Foam
      • Solbar Gel
      • Solbar/AVO
      • Solbar Shield
      • Vanicream Sensitive Skin  

    These are only some of the effective sunscreens that are available. For other suggestions, ask your dermatologist.

    • Put your sunscreen on 30 minutes before going out. Make sure you use enough. The average adult in a bathing suit should use about 2 tablespoons.
    • Be sure to cover areas of your body that are easy to miss: ears, around the eyes, lips, neck and the back of the hands and feet.
    • Put more sunscreen on every 2 hours. Reapply it more often after you swim, sweat or dry yourself with a towel.
    • Remember to use sunscreen even on cloudy or hazy days.
    • On days when you will not be outside much (less than 15 minutes), it is okay to use a moisturizer with an SPF of 15 or 30 as your sun protection. 

    Cover up.

    • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants. Consider wearing clothes that are dark, tightly woven or specifically made to block the sun's rays. These clothes will offer you the most protection. Some companies that make sun protective clothing include Sun Precautions, LL Bean, Magellan, Athletica and Coolibar.
    • Wear a hat with a wide brim (about 3 to 4 inches) that will cover your ears and neck. Baseball caps leave the ears and neck uncovered.
    • Sunglasses that block UV rays and have large frames can protect your eyelids and the fragile skin around your eyes. These sunglasses can also help lower your risk of cataracts (clouding of the lens of your eye) later in life. 

    Never tan.

    • There is no such thing as a healthy tan. If you want to look tanned, use self-tanning products. These products are safe and can give you a tan that looks natural.
    • Stay away from tanning parlors. The UV rays in tanning parlors are much stronger than those from the natural sun. These rays increase your risk of skin cancer.
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