Sunscreen is only one important part of protecting yourself from the sun. Here are a few important non-sunscreen tips for shielding your family from the sun:
- Limit sun exposure during peak summer hours. Seek shade between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun is most intense.
- Wear protective clothing: a shirt, wide-brimmed hat, and UV blocking sunglasses. White material reflects more of the sun's rays than darker clothing.
- If you feel you are getting sunburned, you already are burned. Get out of the sun or add protection as soon as you start to feel your skin burning.
- Add protective window tinting to your car's side and rear windows, as well as your house windows. This film blocks 99% of UV radiation.
- Avoid tanning booths at all costs! The increased portion of UVA rays means the risk of skin cancer is increased by 75% with frequent use. The truth is that tanned skin means the skin has been damaged.
- See your doctor once a year for a professional skin exam.