Protecting your skin
When possible, stay out of the sun during the peak hours of UV
radiation, generally between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Remember that sun
damage can still occur on a cool or cloudy day. Also, be careful around
reflective surfaces like water, snow, sand, and concrete.
materials can cause a certain amount of UV light to bounce off and
reach you, even when you're in the shade. When temperatures allow,
guard your skin by wearing long sleeves, long pants, and hats. On
exposed skin, apply a good sunblock daily, all year long.
the face, hands, neck, chest, and ears are especially vulnerable.
However, keep in mind that sunlight can also get through some clothing,
so if you're wearing a thin fabric, you may need to protect the skin
underneath with sunblock as well. The best sunscreens are those which
guard against the greatest percentage of UVA (U-V-A) and UVB (U-V-B)
rays. Look for formulations with an SPF of 15 or higher and
UVA-fighting ingredients like titanium dioxide (ty-TAYN-ee-um
dye-AWK-syde), zinc oxide, and avobenzone (av-oh-BEHN-zone). Use
generous amounts and re-apply after sweating, swimming, or prolonged