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7 Sun Safety Tips for Spring Break

Whether you are headed to the beach or hitting the slopes, here are some important sun safety tips to follow:

7 Sun Safety Tips for Spring BreakSpring break if finally here, though it may not seem like it outside. If you are lucky enough to get away for the week, remember to be sun savvy on your trip. While it might be nice to bask in the sun and get a tan while away, the sun’s powerful rays cause damage to your skin. There is no such thing as a safe tan. Your risk for developing melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, doubles after just five sunburns. You may think this won’t happen to you but more people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year than all other cancers combined.

Whether you are headed to the beach or hitting the slopes, here are some important sun safety tips to follow:

1. Slather on sunscreen. 1 ounce (shot glass) of sunscreen is sufficient to cover the average adult's skin.

2. Use SPF 30+.

3. Choose a broad spectrum sunscreen. Make sure your sunscreen protects against UVA and UVB rays.

4. Wear sunglasses. Eyes are sensitive to the sun’s rays too so cover up. Light surfaces such as water,sand and snow reflect the sun and can be extra intense.

5. Take extra precautions between 10 A.M. and 4 P.M. The sun is the strongest during midday. Find shade, wear a hat, or use an umbrella.

6. Reapply. Sunscreen should be reapplied every 2 hours or every hour if swimming or doing an activity where you are sweating a lot.

7. Remember delicate areas. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to your exposed scalp or ears.



Stacy Wang, M.Ed., R.D., L.R.D., Extension Associate, NDSU Extension



Reference: The Skin Cancer Foundation www.skincancer.org

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