5 Quick Tips for Safe Fun in the Sun

It’s National Sun Safety Week. The Entertainment Industries Council launched the special week through its Sun Safety Alliance to raise awareness. The alliance focuses on skin cancer prevention and education on the importance of sun safety by changing behaviors and lifestyles.

Here are some quick tips for safe fun in the sun, courtesy of the alliance:

1. Insect repellants can reduce sunscreen SPF by up to 1/3. If using both, increase the SPF of the sunscreen.

2. Over-exposure and sunburn can increase the risk of skin cancer. Check your local UV Index to plan your outdoor activities accordingly.

3. Look for shade, keeping in mind that UV rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Here’s a handy rule of thumb: If your shadow is short, it’s time to abort.

4. Color, darkness or cost of sunglasses doesn’t mean they block UV light. That’s achieved by chemicals adding to the lens material or by special coatings. Always choose sunglasses labeled as blocking 99-100% of UV rays.

5. Water, snow and sand reflect damaging rays of the sun and can cause sunburn any time of year. Protect yourself year-round by using sunscreen or wearing protective clothing.

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