What doctors want you to know.
According to dermatologists, it’s especially important to protect your children’s skin from harmful UV rays, since more than 80% of sun damage occurs by the age of 18. Vigilant sun protection is equally important for the fair-skinned, and for people with family histories of skin cancer or with medical conditions that make them more sun-sensitive. Pharmacists also warn that the use of common prescription drugs – such as antibiotics, antihistamines, and diuretics – can make your skin more sensitive to the sun.
Dermatologists recommend maintaining a protection factor of at least 15 to protect the average person’s skin when they’re in the sun. A typical white cotton T-shirt provides a UPF of only 5 or less – significantly less than the UPF 30 offered by clothing treated with SunGuard. Leading dermatologists recommend including SunGuard as part of your family’s regular sun protection routine.
Sun Safety Tips from the Skin Cancer Foundation
Dressing for sun protection is one important way to prevent exposure to the sun’s damaging UV rays. In addition to wearing clothes treated with SunGuard, the Skin Cancer Foundation recommends following these sun-smart routines:
- Minimize sun exposure during the hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. when the sun is strongest. Try to plan your outdoor activities for the early morning and late afternoon.
- Apply sunscreen before every exposure to the sun. Reapply frequently, at least every two hours, as long as you stay in the sun. Sunscreen should always be reapplied after swimming or perspiring heavily, since products differ in their degrees of water resistance. Use water-resistant sunscreens that offer both UVA and UVB protection, with an SPF of 15 or more printed on the label.
- Don’t forget to use your sunscreen on overcast days. The sun’s rays are as damaging to your skin on cloudy, hazy days as they are on sunny days.
- Keep young infants out of the sun. Begin using sunscreens on children at six months of age, then allow sun exposure with moderation.
- Teach children sun protection early. Sun damage occurs with each unprotected sun exposure and accumulates over the course of a lifetime.
- The Skin Cancer Foundation grants its Seal of Recommendation to sunscreen products of SPF 15 or greater and sun protection devices which meet the Foundation’s criteria as “aids in the prevention of sun-induced damage to the skin.” For a complete list of products, or to receive additional information about skin cancer, visit www.skincancer.org
or call 1-800-SKIN-490.
More than 80% of sun damage occurs by the age of 18. Vigilant sun protection is equally important for the fair-skinned, and for people with family histories of skin cancer or with medical conditions that make them more sun-sensitive.