Summer Skin and Heat Safety Awareness 2016

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Sources: Centers for Disease ControlAmerican Academy of Dermatology; Jersey Shore Cosmetics. Video: Thomas Leveritt. Music: Freedom Fry/Starcadia

Nothing can completely undo sun damage, although the skin can sometimes repair itself. So it’s never too late to begin protecting your skin from the sun:

People of all ages should use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or greater at least 30 minutes before sun exposure and then at least every 2 hours thereafter — more if you are sweating or swimming, and even on cloudy days.

  • Select cosmetic products and contact lenses that offer UV protection.
  • Wear sunglasses with total UV protection.
  • Wear wide-brimmed hats, long sleeved shirts, and pants.
  • Avoid direct sun exposure as much as possible during peak UV radiation hours (10AM and 2PM).
  • Perform skin self-exams regularly to become familiar with existing growths and to notice any changes or new growths.
  • Foster skin cancer prevention habits in children.

Heat-related deaths and illness are preventable, yet many people succumb to extreme heat annually. Keep your body temperature cool to avoid heat-related illness. Keep hydrated because your body loses fluids through sweat. And stay updated on local weather so you can plan activities safely when it’s hot outside.

  • Stay in air-conditioned shelter as much as possible.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Take cool showers or baths.
  • Check on those most at-risk twice a day.
  • Drink more water than usual and don’t wait until you’re thirsty.
  • Drink from two to four cups of water every hour while working or exercising outside.
  • Avoid alcohol or liquids containing high amounts of sugar.
  • Remind others to drink enough water.
  • Learn the symptoms of heat illness.
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