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How to Protect Your Skin from the Sun

Protect your skin from the sun to help prevent skin cancer, sunspots, and wrinkles.


  • Step 1: Avoid sun exposure Avoid midday sun exposure from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., when the sun's rays are the strongest.
  • Step 2: Wear a hat Wear a hat that keeps your scalp, neck, and ears sheltered from the sun.
  • Step 3: Wear sunglasses Wear sunglasses with UV ray protection.
  • Step 4: Stay covered Stay covered with long-sleeved shirts and long pants. Avoid sheer fabrics.
  • Step 5: Wear sunscreen Wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Use a higher SPF if you have a fair complexion.
  • TIP: Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going in the sun and reapply every two to three hours when swimming or sweating.
  • Step 6: Apply lip balm Wear lip balm with a minimum SPF 30.
  • Step 7: Take a break Take frequent breaks from the sun and sit in the shade or go indoors.
  • Step 8: Avoid tanning beds Avoid tanning beds, which increase your chances of developing skin cancer.
  • FACT: In the United States, one in five people will develop skin cancer – the most common form of cancer.

You Will Need

  • A hat
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Clothing
  • Lip balm

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