Summer Safety: Protecting Yourself from Sunburn

You may have noticed the temperatures rising. With the first day of summer a few short weeks away, the beach and the outdoors are calling our name! Even if you’re out walking or riding your bike, you are likely getting some sun exposure. While sunlight on the skin is critical to getting your daily dose of vitamin D, too much can cause damage to your skin.

Sunburn is actually a 1 st degree burn! A severe first degree burn is one of the most painful burns, and it can last for more than a week. Reaction to sunburn varies from person to person. Side effects may include dehydration, nausea, vomiting, or fever. Consistent exposure to sun can also cause melanoma, or skin cancer, later in life.

So what to do? Sunscreen is a big part of the equation, but it isn’t a cure-all. One of the biggest mistakes we make is applying sunscreen one time and not reapplying! Below are a few actions from the Skin Cancer Foundation you can take to stay safe in the sun:

  • Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before heading outside
  • Re-apply sunscreen every two hours while out in the sun
  • If you have been swimming or sweating you should re-apply sunscreen
  • Look for sunscreen that protects from UVA and UVB rays for extra protection
  • Consider purchasing clothes that have a UPF, or ultraviolet protection factor, listed on the tag
  • For additional protection from the sun, consider wearing a hat while working outside or bringing an umbrella to get a break from sun exposure on the beach