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Posted on August 01, 2013

woman applying sun screen to her right shoulder

Guard your skin from UV rays and you’ll prevent skin damages, signs of aging, and skin cancer.

Have you been spending a lot of time outside this summer? While the great outdoors offer memorable experiences and healthy high-energy activities, it can also leave you exposed to the dangerous UV rays of the sun. It is in your best interest to find effective protective measures. Here are five ways to keep your skin healthy.

  1. Make sunscreen a daily habit. Even on cloudy days, your skin can be harmed by the sun. Put it on every morning, no matter what.
  2. Use the right sunscreen correctly. Make sure yours is at least SPF 15, and reapply it every 2 hours that you’re in the sun.
  3. Choose the right clothing. The best summer clothes are loose enough for comfort, while adequately covering your skin. A wide-brimmed hat can also protect your face, scalp, and neck.
  4. Stay in the shade. Choose your spot wisely. Sunscreen alone will not make you immune to the risks of UV rays. A place in the shade will offer invaluable protection.
  5. Check the UV index every day. Some days are best spent indoors. Watch the UV index to determine whether outdoor activities should be pushed into morning or evening hours, or postponed to a later date.

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