How to Stay Sun-Safe This Summer | AFC Urgent Care | Portland

A warm summer day in Oregon can be one of the most beautiful days of the year. Long full days of sunshine are perfect for hiking, relaxing by a lake, and exploring the great outdoors. However, the wonderful sun rays can turn harmful if the right precautions aren’t taken. According to the CDC, in 2017 there were more than 85,680 new cases of Melanomas of the skin in the United States alone. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer and nearly 5 million people each year are treated for it. Fortunately, most skin cancers can be prevented. Below are some summer skin safety tips from your AFC Urgent Care Portland team to keep you and your family safe.


Relaxing in the shade is a great way to protect your skin and keep cool. It’s especially important between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the ultraviolet (UV) rays are strongest. However, even in the shade remember to cover up and apply sunscreen.


Wearing the right clothing is essential to keep your skin safe. Wide-brimmed hats, long-sleeved shirts, and sunglasses go a long way to protect sensitive skin. If wearing this type of clothing isn’t practical, put on clothes made with a tightly woven fabric or a beach cover-up for added protection.


Putting on sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher is important to do every day regardless of the weather. When enjoying the sunlight, make sure to put a thick layer on exposed skin and reapply every few hours. While sunscreen is great for our skin health, not all sunscreens are great for our environment. When possible, avoid sunscreens with oxybenzone or octinoxate and chose a rub-on lotion instead of a spray-on sunscreen.


There are lots of benefits to spending time outdoors! Studies show that being outdoors and enjoying the summer sun not only promotes strong physical health but can improve mental health as well. It’s important to get outdoors and soak in some sun before the clouds and rain take over. Just remember to cover up, apply sunscreen, take breaks in the shade, and keep social distancing.


To learn more information about preventative measures, sun safety, or to get a quick check-up visit the AFC Urgent Care clinic nearest you.