Be sun savvy
Avoid burnout this summer.
Beth Stambaugh Published: 6/19/2019
Just a few serious sunburns early in life can increase your risk for skin cancer. So what’s a Floridian to do? Stay indoors all summer? Not a chance. Here are some summer sun suggestions:
Be a little shady. The sun’s rays are the most harmful between 10 am and 4 pm, so if you’re out during those times, seek shade under a tree, shelter or an umbrella. Remember, you can still get sunburned in the shade, so wear sunscreen.
Find a sunscreen you like. If it’s not easy to apply or doesn’t feel good on your skin, you probably won’t use it. Find one you like that is “broad spectrum” with an SPF of at least 15. Apply 30 minutes before sun exposure. Reapply at least every 2 hours.
Cover up. A broad-rimmed hat, sunglasses (with UV protection) and lightweight, light-colored clothing will minimize your exposure. If you’re going to be in the water, consider wearing a sun shirt, which can block the sun’s harmful rays.
If you’re concerned about the sun’s effect on your skin and would like to see a dermatologist, call 904.202.5335.