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Sun Safety Tips: Protect yourself from the summer sun

We all love the warmth of the sun and being outside in the summer in West Michigan is amazing. However, it is important protect our skin from the suns damaging rays (which have been linked to the development of skin cancer), by using a variety of protective methods.

Remember, if you can see a shadow, the sun is a factor! Even overcast days do provide some sun exposure.

This summer, try combining some of the following tips to find a strategy that works for you. These steps can help you protect your skin, even on overcast days:

Wear sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30.

Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every 2 hours or after

swimming or sweating.

Stay in the shade when the sun is the strongest (between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.)

Cover up with clothing that affords sun protection to exposed areas (chest, arms, legs)

Wear a hat* that covers your head and ears, and sunglasses to protect your eyes. *Hats

are especially important for young children who may not be aware of sun exposure.

Avoid over exposure by limiting your time in the sun or shielding yourself with an

umbrella or tent

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