General Photoprotective Measures

Minimize Sun Exposure
Especially during the peak sun hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. when the sun’s rays are the most intense.

Apply a sunscreen
Liberally and frequently, and reapply every ninety (90) minutes when working, playing, or exercising outdoors. Sunscreens with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 15 are recommended for protection against skin cancer and premature aging of the skin. Even on cloudy days, these precautions should be followed.

Wear Appropriate Clothing
During prolonged periods in the sun, including a hat, long-sleeved shirt and pants.

Beware of Reflective Surfaces
Sand, snow, concrete, and water can reflect up to 85 percent of the sun’s damaging rays.

Avoid Tanning Salons and Sunlamps
Since the ultraviolet rays emitted by these artificial sources are similar to those in sunlight and can cause sunburn, premature aging, and increased risk of skin cancer.

Protect Children
By keeping them out of the sun or minimizing sun exposure and applying sunscreens beginning at six months of age.

Teach Children and Teenagers
Sun protection, since sun exposure damage accumulates over the course of a lifetime. Severe childhood or adolescent sunburns will double the risks of developing skin cancer.

Examine Your Skin
Your significant others, and your children’s regularly for any changes in moles, freckles, or skin discoloration.


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