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Wellness: The Sun and Your Skin

Even though the summer may be winding down, it is not over yet. It is important to remember to use sunscreen all year long. With many outside activities under the sun and natural elements every day, it is important to understand the protection sunscreen offers the skin.

During the summer months, the sun is out longer, is stronger, and we often spend more time outdoors. Choosing the right sunscreen is important to go along with daily activity. Sunscreen does not only help against burns but also to help reduce the signs of aging skin and chances of developing skin cancer, discussed last month.

Not all sunscreens are made the same. Just like comparing food items, it is important to compare and read the labels on sunscreen. Even though the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates sunscreen, requiring certain guidelines to be followed when produced, it is vital to know these few facts:

 

In addition to sunscreen, it is important to cover up with light clothes and a hat to help avoid excessive burning and sun damage. Some clothing lines even offer sun protection built into their clothing to help protect from the sunrays. The sun is strongest during the hours of 10 AM to 4 PM. If possible, seek shade when possible during those peak sun hours to avoid the harmful sun rays.

To learn more about sunscreen, take a Sun Safety IQ quiz from the American Cancer Society. Click here.

 

Sources: Cancer.org