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North Ohio Heart Gives Tips to Avoid Sunburn this Summer

June 20, 2013

While people with light complexions are more prone to sunburn than people with darker complexions, people of all complexions are vulnerable to skin cancer and need to avoid overexposure to the sun. Sunscreen is necessary no matter what kind of skin you have.

Stay inside during the sun's peak hours

woman on beach applying sunscreenYou don’t have to completely avoid the sun; just take some precautions. If you can, try not to be out in the sun between 10a.m. and 4p.m. because this is when the sun's rays are strongest. We know this is not always possible but when you can, plan activities for times of the day when you will be exposed to less sun. When you are outside, try to stay in the shade when you can.

Wear sunscreen

Apply an ample amount of a sunscreen that has an SPF of 15 or higher and that provides protection from UVA and UVB rays. This should be done 30 minutes before you go outside. Remember to reapply sunscreen as needed and to include the areas people tend to forget like the back of knees, ears, and the tops of feet and hands.

Wear protective clothing

There is clothing that is made from fabric that is designed to protect you from the sun's rays. You can purchase some of this clothing but you probably won't be able to wear it all of the time. Your regular clothes, such as loose-fitting shirts with long sleeves, can provide some protection from the sun. Make sure to wear sunglasses with UV ray protection and wear a wide-brimmed hat the covers your scalp, neck, ears, and eyes.

Download our free Summer Survival Guide to get more tips on how you can keep yourself healthy and reduce stress this summer.