How Can I Stay Safe in the Sun? | AFC Urgent Care | Portland

It can sometimes seem like winter and even spring last forever, but rest assured, summer is coming straight ahead! When it's time to seize the day and head outside for some sunshine, you'll want to be sure to take steps to protect your skin.

That's why our team at AFC Urgent Care Portland wants to take a few minute to break down the basics, including what to look for in a sunscreen. Read on as we share some insight!

What Can I Do to Protect My Skin?

The sun emits what are known as ultraviolet rays, which can penetrate the skin and lead to skin damage and an increased risk of skin cancer. But here's the trick—some of those UV rays make it to earth even on cloudy days, so we're not out of the danger zone even when it's overcast.

That's why it is important to take action to protect your skin year-round by following some sun safety basics.

Sun Safety Basics

  • Try to avoid time outside between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun's rays are hottest.
  • Seek shade when possible.
  • Wear lip balm that contains sunscreen to protect your lips.
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect your ears, neck, and scalp.
  • If possible, wear light, long-sleeved clothing.

What Kind of Sunscreen Do I Need?

Sunscreen is your first and best defense against the sun's harmful rays. But choosing the right sunscreen is very important.

You first want to note that sunscreen is very different than it was even a decade ago. Sunscreen is labeled differently and can no longer be marketed as waterproof or water-resistant. Choose carefully by following some basics.

Sunscreen Must-Haves

  • Labeled as broad-spectrum
  • Sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30
  • No older than one year or not past expiration date

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