SLIP, SLAP, SLOP your way to fun in the sun
This summer, do all you can to protect your health by being sun smart. Summertime is the season to take advantage of longer daylight hours and participate in more outdoor adventures and activities.
While the sun provides an excellent source of Vitamin D, which our bodies need, our skin is particularly sensitive to ultraviolet rays. In fact, most skin cancers start in the areas that are only exposed to the sun from time to time, such as your back, neck, and the backs of your legs.
To minimize your health risks, limit your exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun's rays are strongest. You should also follow the SLIP! SLAP! SLOP! trio of sun safety tips:
1. SLIP - On clothing that is loose fitting, tightly woven and lightweight to cover your arms and legs.
2. SLAP - On a wide-brimmed hat that covers your head, face, ears and neck.
3. SLOP - On a sunscreen with Sun Protection Factor (SPF) 15 or higher. Use SPF 30 if you work outdoors, or if you will be outside for most of the day. Look for "broad spectrum" on the label. This means the sunscreen offers protection against two types of ultraviolet rays, UVA and UVB. Apply it generously 20 minutes before outdoor activities and reapply at least every two hours and after swimming or exercise that makes you perspire.
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