As the United States moves into summertime, it is important for people to understand the risks of sun to their skin, which can burn even on a cloudy day. It's good to be outside for fresh air — and the sunshine generally lifts a person's mood — but, protecting skin no matter the weather is essential.
Here are five tips for staying safe in the sunshine.
Use sunscreen every single day
We all know it's important to wear sunscreen to block ultraviolet (UV) rays, but experts suggest putting it on every day, even in cold weather. It is recommended to wear SPF 30 or higher.
Kids need more protection
Children are more likely to get a sunburn than adults, increasing their risks of getting skin cancer later in life. Make sure they're covered in clothing or lathered in sunblock.
Stay in the shade in the middle of the day
The hottest or most dangerous times to be in the sun are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. It is best to stay out of it during those times. (It's a great time to put kids down for a nap — in the shade, of course.)