It’s Summer – So Avoid The Damaging Sun

sunburnWhile summer may be welcome after a long dreary winter and spring, it can be harmful to your body if you are overexposed to sunshine and develop sunburn, or with extreme overexposure, develop cancer.

To help people enjoy the sun without its harmful effects here are a few helpful tips provided by the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals.

First of all, you should stay away from the sunshine if it can be helped between 10am to 4pm due to the fact that the sun’s rays are strongest during this time of the day even on an overcast part of the day.

Aim for the shade if possible and be sure to apply sunscreen regularly if you cannot avoid the sun.

Regardless of what time you are outside, sunscreen is always a requirement.  Proper sunscreen needs to have a SPF of at least 15 or high with both UVB and UVA protection. Sunscreen should be applied about a half an hour before you head out and every hour or two that you are in the sun.

Finally, remember to cover your body as much as possible and apply sunscreen everywhere that is not covered including the eyes, nose, mouth, ears, and hands which are all places people neglect but can still develop skin cancer.

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