The Dark Side of Sun Exposure...
The Dark Side of Sun Exposure...

People enjoy the sun. Some have even worshiped it. Sunlight is essential to many living things. But sunlight also has a dangerous side. It can harm your skin and even your eyes. The good news is you can take some simple steps to protect your body from sun damage and still enjoy the sun’s healthful effects.

How to protect your skin . . .

  • Block Sun Damage
  • Stay in the shade.
  • Limit sun exposure, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when sunlight is most intense.

Use sunscreen. Get sun protective factor (SPF) 15 or higher with both UVA and UVB protection. If you have very light skin, use SPF 30 or higher. Apply sunscreen 20-30 minutes before going outside. Reapply often, at least every 2 hours. Don’t skimp.

Protect your eyes. Choose sunglasses that protect the sides of your eyes and that are labeled to guard against both UVA and UVB.

Cover your skin. Protective clothing and a wide-brimmed hat can help reduce sun exposure.

Avoid indoor tanning. Tanning beds and sun lamps use special light bulbs that speed up tanning but also deliver harmful UV rays, increasing your risk for skin damage and cancer.

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