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Summer & Your Skin

Summer is here and so is the HEAT! Did you know that in 15 minutes or less the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays can damage your skin? In preparation for the summer, we have gathered some helpful tips recommended by the CDC to help protect your skin from harmful UV rays.

Hydration - It's important to stay hydrated when you are out in the hot weather. Drink plenty of water!

Shade - Reduce your risk of skin damage by seeking shade especially during the hottest portion of the day.

Clothing & Hats - When possible, long-sleeved shirts and long pants & skirts can provide protection from UV rays. For additional protection, wear a hat with a brim all the way around that shades your face, ears, and the back of your neck.

Sunscreen - Most sunscreen products work by absorbing, reflecting, or scattering sunlight.

  • SPF. Sunscreens are assigned a sun protection factor (SPF) number that rates their effectiveness in blocking UV rays. Higher numbers indicate more protection. You should use a broad spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 15.

  • Reapplication. Sunscreen wears off. Put it on again if you stay out in the sun for more than two hours and after swimming, sweating, or toweling off.

  • Expiration date. Check the sunscreen’s expiration date. Sunscreen without an expiration date has a shelf life of no more than three years, but its shelf life is shorter if it has been exposed to high temperatures.

Have a fun & safe summer!!!

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