Now that school is out of session and you’re probably hitting the beach or boardwalk more often, it is important to take care of your skin. Sun exposure can cause a variety of things: freckles, benign tumors, melanoma, as well as various other damages. Make sure you are sun safe.
- Apply sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30 or higher, 30 minutes before you are exposed to the sun, then every two hours. Apply more often if you sweat a lot or go swimming.
- Wear sunglasses with complete UV protection.
- Avoid direct sun exposure; the hours between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. are when the sun is at its peak.
- Wear wide-brimmed hats, pants, and long-sleeved shirts if you’re going to be outside working for multiple hours. You’ll be hot, but you reduce your sun exposure.
- Report any unusual growths or freckles to your doctor.
- Last but not least, avoid tanning beds.