Protecting yourself from the sun is about more than sunscreen and SPF. There are other steps you should take to make sure your relaxing day in the sun doesn’t become a health problem later in life.
• Babies under six months of age should avoid sun exposure. For children six months and older, try lotion formulas that are hypoallergenic and tear-free.
• For sensitive skin, we recommend that patients with conditions such as rosacea or acne choose sunscreen options that contain zinc oxide.
• For swimming or other “wet” or “sweaty” activities, choose a water-resistant formula. These products are resistant for 40 or 80 minutes, which means you’ll need to reapply at least every two hours.
• Layer your sun protection. Wear dark, tightly woven fabrics when possible, or opt for clothing with UPF.
• Remember to wear sun glasses, hats and to apply sun screen to your lips, ears and neck!
• Seek shade, especially during the sun’s peak intensity hours between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
• Remember that the sun’s rays bounces off concrete, snow and sand!
If this seems like a lot to remember, it can be boiled down to four words: “Slip! Slop! Slap! Wrap!” Every year, the Friday before Memorial Day is designated as National “Don’t Fry” Day. On this day, we encourage you to remember to: Slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen, slap on a wide-brimmed hat and wrap on some sun glasses.
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