Summer is here and most people enjoy being outdoors, but there are some things you should keep in mind to protect yourself from the summer weather.

  • Wear sunscreen every day, in all weather and in every season. It should have a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 and say “broad-spectrum” on the label, which means it protects against the sun’s UVA and UVB rays. Put it on at least 15 minutes before going outside.
  • Reapply sunscreen at least every 80 minutes, or more often if you’re sweating or swimming.
  • Wear sunglasses with total UV protection.
  • Wear wide-brimmed hats, and long-sleeved shirts and pants.
  • Avoid being out in the sun as much as possible from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Check your skin regularly so you know what’s normal for you and to notice any changes or new growths.
  • Choose cosmetics and contact lenses that offer UV protection. You still need to use sunscreen and wear sunglasses with broad-spectrum sun protection.
  • If you’re a parent, protect your child’s skin and practice those habits together.
  • Don’t use tanning beds.