Pack Sandwiches, Sunscreen, Sunglass - and Safety!

July 2013

It takes just seconds. Suddenly, a blissful day at the beach or park turns into a trip to the emergency room. Not all medical problems are noticeable after your day in the sun though. Over time, taking in the sun without any protection can lead to problems—from dry skin and wrinkles to skin cancer. Use these tips to enjoy your time in the sun safely.

Cover up. Clothing and hats are good basic protection from the sun.

The sun's rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. During these hours, try to limit your time in the sun.

Sunscreen is an excellent protector… but you must put it on correctly. Work from your face down to your feet. Don't forget your ears and neck, and to let someone else get your back and shoulders. Also, if you go swimming, put more on every one to two hours.