Are you planning on going somewhere nice and warm this spring break? Here is some useful information on how to stay safe in the sun:
- Sunscreen lotion is your best friend. Sunscreen lotion with an SPF of at least 30 is the best way to stay safe in the sun. 30 minutes before going into the sun, apply 1 ounce of sunscreen on your whole body. Most importantly, reapply sunscreen every two hours to get the full protection.
- The sun is most intense between 10 AM and 4 PM. Taking a beach trip before or after these times will keep you safe from strong UV rays.
- All umbrellas do not provide the same protection from the sun. Most umbrellas provide a minimum of SPF 30, but not all. To avoid sun burn or risk of skin cancer, remember to reapply your sunscreen.
- The maximum exposure to direct sunlight is 20 minutes. Everybody likes to lie out on the beach for a whole day, but that is not the safest idea. To stay safe, make sure to take shade breaks and wear sunscreen.
- Your skin is not the only part of your body that needs protection. Although your skin is your largest organ, there are other parts of your body that need care in the sun. Wear sunglasses that filter out 99% to 100% of sunlight. Also wear a hat with a brim of at least 3’’around. It will help block the sun out of your face.