Some ways to stay sun-safe outdoors include wearing sun protection gear like a hat with a wide brim an sunglasses to protect you face and eyes, and wearing a long-sleeved shirt and pants or a long skirt for additional protection when possible.
Stay Sun-Safe Outdoors
- Seek shade, especially during midday hours. This includes 10 am to 4 pm, March through October, and 9 am to 3 pm, November through February. Umbrellas, trees, or other shelters can provide relief from the sun.
- Be extra careful around surfaces that reflect the sun’s rays, like snow, sand, water, and concrete.
- Wear sun protection gear like a hat with a wide brim and sunglasses to protect your face and eyes.
- Sunglasses protect your eyes from UV rays and reduce the risk of cataracts and other eye problems. Wrap-around sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays offer the best protection by blocking UV rays from the side.
- Wear a long-sleeved shirt and pants or a long skirt for additional protection when possible. If that’s not practical, try wearing a T-shirt or a beach cover-up.
- Apply a thick layer of broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher at least 15 minutes before going outside, even on cloudy or overcast days. Reapply sunscreen at least every 2 hours and after swimming, sweating, or toweling off.
Limit UV Exposure: Discourage Indoor and Outdoor Tanning
UV rays are strongest...
- From late morning through mid-afternoon.
- Near the equator.
- During summer months.
- At high altitudes.
Remember that sunburns and skin damage can occur even on cloudy or overcast days.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration states that indoor tanning should not be used by anyone younger than age 18. Many states
Choose Sun-Safety Strategies that Work
Broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher is important, but it shouldn’t be your only defense against the sun. For theuse shade, clothing, a hat with a wide brim, and sunglasses, as well as sunscreen.