Without proper precautions, fun in the sun can quickly become painful sunburns and lasting skin damage. Practice good sun safety habits while enjoying summertime activities. To protect yourself from UV rays, consider these tips from the Library for Health Information (LHI) to stay sun WISE:
Wear light-colored clothing with UV protection to cover as much exposed skin as you can. Wear a hat with a wide brim to protect your head and face.
Invest in a quality, broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 15. Apply 15 minutes before sun exposure, and reapply every two hours in the sun (more often with water activities).
Seek shade whenever possible, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM – the hottest part of the day.
Eyes need protection, too! Don’t forget to wear sunglasses anytime you’re in the sun.
Also: remember that exposure to UV rays can occur even on cloudy days, so keep your sunscreen handy!
Sun Safety Resources at a Glance
The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center sun safety flyer provides more information about sun safety. The CDC has great information on sun safety (also available in Spanish). Or, follow the CDC’s #SunSafeSelfie on social media. Tag and share your own sun safety photos, too. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also has reliable sun safety information.
For more resources, please email your questions to an LHI librarian at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us at 614-293-3707 to leave a message with your request. All information is free and confidential.
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