Sun safety is a very important topic. Exposure to the sun and ultraviolet rays is the number one cause of skin cancer and cause of most wrinkles and other signs of aging such as brown or “age” spots. There is no such thing as a “safe” tan. Tanning is a sign of the skin being damaged by ultraviolet exposure. Certain medications, illnesses and skin types can predispose people to getting sunburned. Sunscreens are products applied to the skin to help protect against the sun’s UV rays. There are several ways to protect your skin from the sun, besides regular sunscreen use, they include: Avoid exposure between 10 am and 4 pm (if possible) Find shade Use other protection: wide brimmed hat, sunglasses, and sun protective clothing Be aware of the UV Index Avoid tanning beds There are many common myths when it comes to the sun. Cloudy days, 80% of the suns rays penetrate Vitamin D deficiency, rare with a healthy diet and/or in a warm climate 80% of exposure is in childhood, generally only ~25% is in childhood Tanning beds, or a “base tan” are safe, NOT TRUE

Talk to your doctor about Sun Safety.

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