5 ways to protect yourself and enjoy a sunny summer

Kids running through sprinklerThe sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays can damage skin and increase the risk of skin cancer. As the unofficial start of summer, Memorial Day is a perfect time to remember how to protect yourself while you’re having fun in the sun this summer.

Follow these five tips to protect yourself.

  • Seek shade under a tree or umbrella.
  • Cover up with clothing (such as a long-sleeved shirt and long pants) or a towel; use sunscreen if you wear a t-shirt or shorts.
  • Get a hat. Hats that shade the face, scalp, ears and neck offer great protection.
  • Wear sunglasses that wrap around your face and block as close to 100 percent of UVA and UVB rays as possible.
  • Apply sunscreen often. Use sunscreen with at least SPF 15 and UVA and UVB protection every time you go outside. Remember to protect your ears, nose, lips and the tops of your feet.

In June 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced changes for sunscreen labels that will help consumers better understand what the sunscreen product they are buying and how it can protect them from sun damage. Learn more about sunscreen and the changes at fda.gov.

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