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Sun Safety

Considering the terrible winter the East Coast has had this year, I know I can’t be the only one that’s ready for summer. I catch myself daydreaming about laying pool side with a fruity drink, or lounging with a good book on the beach. 

Yes, summer is time for relaxation and fun in the sun, but being in the sun’s rays without protection can cause some serious damage down the line. 

Here are some tips according to the Sun Safety Alliance:

  1. Know that sun is strongest between 10 am and 4 pm
  2. Wear hats and sunglasses to protect your face
  3. Remember that UV rays can bounce off sand, snow, concrete and water
  4. Apply sunscreen before going outdoors
  5. And reapply often
  6. Lastly, stay in the shade when possible

These tips don’t have to be followed only in the summer months its important to practice sun safety all year-round.  It’s a good idea to use moisturizers or makeup with built in SPF.  Also it’s best to avoid tanning beds, being tan in the middle of winter just isn’t worth the risk to your skin.

Skin cancer is one the most common forms of cancer and it can be prevented by taking simple steps and taking care of  yourself. 

For more information on how to stay safe in the sun please visit http://www.sunsafetyalliance.org/

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Image Source: http://blog.coolibar.com/sun-safety-for-junior-sailors/

By Samantha Kresz

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