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Ultraviolet (UV) rays – from the sun and other sources like tanning beds – are the #1 cause of skin cancer. Too much exposure can also cause sunburn, eye damage and wrinkles.

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It’s important to wear sunscreen. But sunscreen may not always be enough. Try combining any of the following tips to find a method that works for you. These steps can help you protect your skin, even on overcast days:

  • Avoid or limit your time in the sun.
  • Wear sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30.
  • Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every 2 hours or after swimming or sweating.
  • Stay in the shade when the sun is the strongest (between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.)
  • Cover up with clothing.
  • Wear a hat and sunglasses.
  • Make sure you do not burn.

Sources:

  • American Cancer Society
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