5 ways to protect yourself from UV rays

5 ways to protect yourself from harmful UV rays

July is UV Awareness Month! The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can damage your skin in as little as 15 minutes and are the strongest between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm! High UV exposure outside and in tanning beds has been linked to increases in skin cancer and premature aging in the United States.

Use these tips to protect yourself from UV exposure:

  1. Slip on sun protective clothing to protect your skin from the sun.
  2. Slop on sunscreen with a SPF of 30 or higher at least 20 minutes before sun exposure. Be sure to reapply every 2 hours or more if sweating or swimming!
  3. Slap on a hat to protect your face, neck and ears from the sun.
  4. Seek shade. If your shadow is shorter than you are, the sun’s rays are at its strongest.
  5. Slide on sunglasses. Your eyes can get sunburned, too! UV exposure increases the likelihood of cataract formation.

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