Overexposure to UV rays can lead to serious long term damage - wrinkles, sun spots and even scarier, melanoma. Tread carefully when playing in the sun, get to know these quick facts so you can safely enjoy the sun.

  • All skin tones need sunscreen. Anyone, no matter their skin tone, can get skin cancer.

  • Dermatologist recommends SPF 30 as the minimum daily protection.

  • Use a sunscreen that is Broad Spectrum which provides protection for both UVA and UVB rays.

  • UVA rays cause aging, wrinkles and age spots. UVB rays cause sunburn.  

  • Mineral sunscreens bounce UV rays off of the skin’s surface preventing radiation from ever entering the body.

  • Seek shade midday. The sun is most intense between the hours of 10 A.M. and 4 P.M.

  • When doing a vigorous activity such as swimming, sunscreen loses efficacy after 40 or 80 min depending on the product. 

  • Up to 80 percent of UV rays pass through clouds. A sunburn is possible on cloudy days.

  • When the UV Index is 9, you can get a sunburn in less than 20 minutes. When the UV Index is 4, sunburn is possible within 50 minutes.

  • Use the Shadow rule - look at your shadow and if it is shorter than your height this means that the sun’s UV rays are strong.

  • Often we don’t apply enough sunscreen - reapply 20 minutes later to compensate for initial under-application.

  • Sunburns during childhood multiply the risk of developing skin cancer later in life.