- Avoid the sun during it's hottest hours, between 10 am and 2 pm.
- Use sunscreen with a SPF factor of at least 15.
- Apply sun block 15 to 30 minutes before going into the sun.
- Reapply sun block throughout the day, especially if you are swimming or perspiring.
- Use sun block protection for your lips. (Only use sun block that is specifically designed for the lips.)
- Don't let an overcast day fool you - the sun's UV rays are just as strong.
- Wear a wide brimmed hat to protect the face, ears and neck.
- Be sure to protect your eyes, by wearing sunglasses with UV protection.
- Certain medications can increase your sensitivity to the sun. If you are taking medication - consult your physician or pharmacy before spending prolonged time in the sun.
- Drink plenty of water, even if you are not thirsty.
- Check the UV (Ultra Violet) Sun Index. As a general rule, the higher the UV Index the higher the SPF needed in your sunscreen.
UV Sun Index
Index number and Exposure Level:
0 to 2 - minimal
3 to 4 - low
5 to 6 - moderate
7 to 9 - high
10 + - very high
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