Staying Safe Under the Sun

Cheyenne, Wyo. (KGWN) Sun safety tips courtesy Dr. Julie Neville from Cheyenne Regional Medical Center. Play the video to hear more.

Ways to protect your skin from the sun:
Seek shade – the sun’s rays are strongest between 10 am and 2 pm so if your shadow is shorter than you are, seek shade

Wear sun-protective clothing such as long sleeve shirts, pants, wide-brimmed hats, and sunglasses if possible

Apply sunscreen – choose a broad spectrum (covering both UVA and UVB rays) sunscreen with a SPF of at least 30 and apply 15 minutes before going outside to dry skin. Most people tend to under apply sunscreen so remember to use enough (it is recommended to use 1 ounce – or the size of a shot glass – worth of sunscreen to cover the entire body).

Sunscreen must be reapplied every 2 hours for the best protection and sooner if you are in the water or sweating heavily. Sunscreen does expire and while many bottles have an expiration date and lose their strength after that time, others may not. Sunscreens must keep their original strength for 3 years, so if the bottle is older than that it should be discarded.

Remember to apply lip balm with sunblock to your lips as well
Sunscreen types:

Creams – good for dry skin and the face
Gels – work well in hairy areas

Sticks – work well around the eyes & face

Sprays – use with caution and only spray outside as there are some concerns about inhaling the chemicals and its effects on the lungs – especially in children. Do not spray directly onto the face

Sensitive skin – consider using a product marketed for babies or one with physical sun blockers (zinc oxide & titanium dioxide)

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