August is Summer Sun Safety Month. Dive into our informative slideshow to help keep you safe from the sun!
More than 90% of all skin cancers are associated with sun exposure. Avoid sun exposure during peak hours between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., regardless of the season. For best results, sunscreens must be reapplied at least every 2 hours. (Source: Skin Cancer Foundation)
Be sure to use a broad-spectrum (or full-spectrum) sunscreen—the only type of sunscreen that provides protection against both UVB and UVA rays. UVB rays usually burn the superficial layers of the skin, while UVA rays can prematurely age your skin by causing wrinkling and age spots. (Source: American Cancer Society)
UV rays can easily go through a white cotton T-shirt, especially if it’s wet. Most wet, light-colored t-shirts only give as much protection as an SPF 4 sunscreen—well below the minimum of SPF 30 recommended by the American Cancer Society. (Source: American Cancer Society)
Water-resistant sunscreens are made to protect your skin from burning when you swim or sweat, but usually only last for 40 minutes. “Very” water-resistant sunscreens last up to 80 minutes. (Source: Mayo Clinic)
Remember, UV rays penetrate clouds, so use sunscreen even when it’s cloudy! About 80% of UV rays pass through clouds. (Source: Skin Cancer Foundation)