Sun Protection are the words when you are in the sun. The American Cancer Society shares these easy catch phrase safety reminders:
‘Some people think about sun protection only when they spend a day at the lake, beach, or pool. But sun exposure adds up day after day, and it happens every time you are in the sun. “Slip! Slop! Slap!… and Wrap” is a catch phrase that can help you remember the 4 key steps you can take to protect yourself from UV rays:
Slip on a shirt.
Slop on sunscreen.
Slap on a hat.
Wrap on sunglasses to protect the eyes and sensitive skin around them.
These steps complement each other, and they provide the best protection when used together. ‘ – American Cancer Society
Heading out for a trail walk, playing volleyball or up for a beach outing, when in the sun, wear clothing protection to protect the skin. Select fabrics that most successfully block out UV rays.
Use sunscreen protection. But remember that suncreen won’t give you full protection against all UV rays. Unlike our grandparents’ yesterdays, todays’ suncreen protection can include lotions, creams, ointments, cosmetics and so much more. And don’t forget to protect lips. A recommended sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 is a good guideline. The SPF is representative of levels of protection against UVB rays provided by the sunscreen – a higher number means more protection. Apply the sunscreen liberally, and for best results, reapply at least every 2 hours and even more often if you are active in the sun, whether swimming or perspiring.
Wear a hat, and protect that nose and head!
Wear sunglasses that block UV rays. No need to break the budget on the perfect sunglasses, but ensure they block 99 percent to 100 percent of the UVA and UVB radion. Check those labels, “UV absorption up to 400 nm” or “Meets ANSI UV Requirements” informs the wear that the glasses block at least 99% of UV rays. Others that are labeled “cosmetic” block about 70% of UV rays. No label equals the old adage, ‘don’t assume’….consider the sunglasses do NOT provide any UV protection.