Most people have the misconception that sunscreen use allows a person to spend unlimited time in the sun.
Properly applying sunscreen on a regular basis greatly reduces a person’s exposure to the sun’s harmful rays but it does not eliminate sun exposure, so it is a good idea to take additional sun safety precautions.
Top tips for summer sun safety:
- Avoid outdoor activities between 10 am and 4 pm when the sun’s rays are the strongest.
- Seek shade whenever possible.
- Wear protective clothing and accessories, such as wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses.
- Follow the “Shadow Rule.” If your shadow is shorter than you are, the sun’s damaging rays are at their strongest and you’re likely to sunburn.
- Avoid tanning beds.