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Your Ultimate Guide to Protecting Your Skin From the Summer Sun

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Prep your dinner during the daylight hours. Make some arts and crafts with the kids that you can enjoy outside once the extreme warning has dissipated.

3) Sunscreen

Get liberal with sunscreen. Most people aren’t using enough, nor are they applying it often enough. The rough estimate is a shot glass-sized amount for your entire body, including the backs of the ears. A nickel-sized amount should cover your face. If you have a day outside, repeat every two hours, and more often if you are swimming. (5)

4) Sunglasses

UVA and UVB rays are not just a danger to your skin, but also to your eyes. UV rays can lead to macular degeneration, which is a leading cause of vision loss for older Americans. (6)

Not all sunglasses are created equal. Check the label to see if they promise a 100-percent block against UV rays.

5) Replace sunbathing

Lying in the sun used to be an activity, and we don’t want to tell you to relax less. However, consider relaxing responsibly and becoming more acquainted with the shade. Too much UV exposure is thought of to be the biggest risk factor for most melanomas, according to the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention. (7)>

It may have been your hobby in the past, but now you have the opportunity to find a new summer passion.

Reviewed July 13, 2016
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith

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http://archderm.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2340989

2) UV Index Scale. US Environmental Protection Agency. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
https://www.epa.gov/sunsafety/uv-index-scale-1

3) What  You Need to Know About Clothing. Skin Cancer Foundation. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
http://www.skincancer.org/prevention/sun-protection/clothing

4) Six common sun myths, exposed. CNN. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/07/10/living/guide-to-sun-safety

5) Ask the Expert: How Much Sunscreen Should I Be Using On My Face and Body? Skin Cancer Foundation. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
http://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/ask-the-experts/how-much-sunscreen-should-i-be-using-on-my-face-and-body

6) How Can UV Rays Damage Your Eyes? Harrisburg Healthy Start. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
http://www.harrisburghealthystart.com/2012/07/how-can-uv-rays-damage-your-eyes

7) Risk Factors For Skin Cancer. National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
http://www.skincancerprevention.org/skin-cancer/risk-factors

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