Stay Safe in the Summer Sun

The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can damage skin in as little as 15 minutes. Protecting yourself and your family is important — and easy. 

  • Shade. Seek shade under an umbrella, tree or other shelter before you need sun relief.

  • Clothing. Wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants can provide protection. If wearing this type of clothing isn’t practical, at least try to wear a T-shirt or a beach cover-up. Wear a hat with a brim all the way around that shades your face, ears and the back of your neck.

  • Sunglasses.  Sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays offer the best protection. Most sold in the U.S., regardless of cost, meet this standard. Wrap-around sunglasses work best because they block UV rays from sneaking in from the side.

  • Sunscreen. Apply broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 15 before you go outside, even on slightly cloudy or cool days.

Anisha Bhadla