We don’t think anyone in North Texas needs the reminder…but, y’all, it’s HOT out there! With record temps last week showing no signs of slowing down, we want to make sure you’re healthy and safe out there in every way. You can’t completely avoid going outside. So, eat a healthy snack, stay hydrated, get the A/C tuned up in the car, and you’re good to go!
Whether you’re heading to the beach, an outdoor cookout, or just running errands where you won’t be outside much, you still need sunscreen.
Yes, even if you’re in the car.
Yes, even if it’s cloudy.
Yes, every day.
It should be a non-negotiable for you and your family each day. Make sunscreen selection easier with the following tips.
- It needs to be “broad spectrum”. That means it protects against both UVA and UVB rays. UVB is usually the one associated with sunburns and skin cancer, but UVA is dangerous as well, also contributing to skin cancer and premature aging.
- Choose SPF 30 or higher. SPF 30 filters out about 97% of UVB rays. For those who choose to wear makeup, pick a formula with sunscreen added, for an additional layer of protection.
- Know that “water-resistant” doesn’t mean “spray once and forget about it”. It also doesn’t mean waterproof. No sunscreen is waterproof. Sweat, water, and even wiping with a towel will cause the sunscreen to wear off. Choose a water-resistant sunscreen and then remember to reapply every two hours (or more if you are at the pool).
- Sunscreens come in physical and chemical varieties. For more information, check out this article. The short version: find the kind you prefer, factor in if you have sensitive skin, and be aware if you are traveling to a sensitive ecosystem where there may be some restrictions on sunscreen. Otherwise, pick the kind you will remember to apply.
- Cover up. Hats, sunglasses, and UV blocking swimwear will all help to protect your skin. If you plan to spend a lot of time outdoors, please invest in proper sunglasses and UV protective clothing for yourself and for your children.
- Throw some shade. Or rather, sit in the shade. As much as possible, especially when the sun is high in the sky.
- Avoiding tanning beds. Spray tans are great for those who desire a little color safely.
Reference: The American Cancer Society https://www.cancer.org/latest-news/choose-the-right-sunscreen.html
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