Friday, May 18, 2007

Sherri's Helpful Hints

Sun Safety for Children and Adults

This is the time to protect your skin. A bad sunburn that you may get now could cause skin cancer later in life. The more you know, the better you can protect yourself.

Cover up with long-sleeved shirts, wide-brimmed hats and drink plenty of water when you're outside.

Wearing a hat while you're out in the sun can help protect your face, ears and neck from harmful UV rays. If you don't have a wide-brimmed hat, be sure to always use sunscreen or play in the shade to avoid sun exposure.

Always use a sunscreen with an "SPF" value of 15 or higher.

Dangerous UVA and UVB rays are found in sunlight. They can cause skin cancer and sometimes cancer.

UVA and UVB rays are strongest in the summer.

Protect your eyes with 100% UV protection sunglasses when you're outside.

The most dangerous times to be in the sun are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Basics about Sunscreen

Here are a few tips about how to get the most out of your sunscreen.

1. Use it every time you go outside.
2. Put sunscreen on at least 30 minutes before you go outside.
3. Every time you apply it, be sure to put on a thick layer of sunscreen.
4. Reapply sunscreen every 2-3 hours, maybe more often if engaging in strenuous activity or swimming.
5. Use "waterproof" sunscreen if you swim a lot.

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