Five sun protection tips for summer

Two girls lying on a dock with sunglasses

With beautiful summer weather happening you’ll be tempted to spend more time outside. Whether you’re hiking, having a picnic, canoeing at Laurel Creek, or studying on the grass on campus, you’ll want to make sure you don’t get too much sun. Getting too much sun can lead to sunburn, dehydration or heat stroke. Here are five ways you can enjoy the summer sun more safely:

  1. Wear sunscreen. Apply a sunscreen at least 15 – 30 minutes before you go outside. Choose a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher and one that says “broad-spectrum” meaning it protects against both UVA and UVB rays.
  2. Reapply. If you’re outside for a long time, doing an activity which causes you to sweat, or swimming, make sure to reapply often. Even if your sunscreen is waterproof, you still need to reapply.
  3. Accessorize. Protect your head with a wide-brimmed hat and don’t forget a pair of sunglasses, preferably ones that have 100% UV absorption.
  4. Seek the shade. Especially during the most intense sun of the day (between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.). Look for shady spots under trees, awnings, tents, or umbrellas.
  5. Drink plenty of liquid. Make sure to keep yourself cool and hydrated with water to avoid dehydration or heat stroke.

Following these tips can help you have a safe and happy time in the great outdoors. So go on outside and enjoy the warm weather!

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