Care in the sun
Always wear a broad-spectrum (protection against both UVA and UVB) sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15 or higher. SPF 15 blocks out 93% of the burning UV rays while an SPF 30 blocks out 97% of the burning UV rays.
Wear UV protective sunglasses.
When possible, avoid outdoor activities during the hours between 10 AM and 4 PM, when the sun’s rays are the strongest.
Be sure to reapply sunscreen frequently, especially after swimming.
Always wear a hat!
Wear clothing to protect as much skin as possible. For children dress them in long sleeve shirts or when on the beach, sun protective swimsuits
When on the beach remember that the sun’s UV rays reflect off water and sand, increasing the intensity of UV radiation.
Children need extra protection from the sun. One or two blistering sunburns before the age of 18 dramatically increases the risk of skin cancer. Encourage children to play in the shade, wear protective clothing and apply sunscreen regularly.