Summer is in full swing and we are fully exposed to the summer sun’s harmful rays.  If you are like me, I do enjoy the look of a tan.  As we know, there are risks to tanning but it is possible to tan safely.  Pick products that block UVA and UVB rays and limit your exposure to the peak hours of the day like high noon.  Consumer Reports does an annual list of top sunscreens that I recommend you consult. Be forewarned that labels are not always reliable so don’t get lulled into thinking that you can stay out in the sun super long because of a high SPF. Used  correctly, SPF values of 30 to 50 offer adequate protection.  Below are some tips to keep you sun safe.  Now get your bronze on!

  • Wear Clothes that shield the sun and reduce burning risk by 27%. Clothes with SPF are the best.
  • UV Index provides important guidelines, so make sure you consult before planning your day.
  • Avoid peak hours of the day when the sun is the hottest.  When the sun is lower in the sky is best – morning or afternoon.
  • Shade is your best friend.  Bring an umbrella or make a canopy. And don’t forget a hat!
  • Sunscreen protects you from burns and the risks of cancer.  It is smartest to apply at home ‘before’ you go to the beach. Mix your sunscreen with a drop of water to help apply and avoid missing a spot! Remember your ears and lips!
  • Find a sunscreen that has the ability to block UVA and UVB rays. SPFs are primarily rated on their ability to block UVB rays.  But UVA rays are more dangerous and penetrated the skin deeper.
  • Wear sunglasses with UV protection to keep your eyes from cancer-causing rays.  You will also be able to enjoy your surroundings.

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