What to Do? Memorial Day – Sun Protection

Screen Shot 2014-05-26 at 10.19.35 AMMany people will be out in the sun enjoying the Memorial Day holiday. While the relaxing sun’s rays are good for the body and soul, too much or unprotected sun exposure can be harmful. In addition to painful sunburn, wrinkles and sunspots, prolonged exposure over time can lead to skin cancer. It is important to protect yourself daily, but most importantly if you will be enjoying outdoor activities during the heat of the day (10am-4pm).

Here are a couple of tips to be safe in the sun this holiday:

1. Use sunscreen containing both UVA and UVB (a least 30 SPF) even if it is cloudy

2. Accessorize-use sunglasses and a hat to protect your eyes, head, face; especially on children

3. Protect your lips and use cosmetics with spf

4. Remember to reapply sunscreen at least every 2-3 hrs

5. Don’t go to a tanning bed before your outdoor fun, try sunless tanner instead

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! If you are participating in outdoor activities or drinking alcohol in the sun, its easy to become dehydrated or even suffer from heatstroke. Seek shade, take frequent breaks and keep hydrated.

Have a safe and happy Memorial Day!

Check the UVA index daily: UV Index | SunWise | US EPA

Sources: http://www.uptodate.com/contents/sunburn-prevention-beyond-the-basics