Healthy Travel Series: Sun Safety

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Traveling in the summer generally means fun in the sun! We spend a lot more time in the sun when we’re on vacation compared to our normal day-to-day activities, which means it is important to ensure you are following the best sun-safety practices to have a sun safe vacation! Check out the tips below to learn more:

  • Wear sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection. The American Cancer Society recommends using a sunscreen with a SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 30 and reapplying every 2 hours, especially after swimming or excessive sweating.
    • Make sure to hit all the spots! Apply to your face, ears, neck, hands, arms, and any other areas not covered by clothing.
    • If you need to apply a bug repellent, sunscreen first, repellent second!
  • When preparing for a vacation, consider purchasing sunscreens designed specifically for use on the face (these tend to be a lot more lightweight and less greasy) or makeup products that have a SPF component and can offer a little bit more protection.
  • Pay close attention to kids and older adults, and apply sunscreen more often to them as their skin is more sensitive.
  • Don’t forget your lips! Pick up a lip balm that has SPF in it as well!
  • Carry and wear hats and sunglasses with UV protection as needed.
  • If you are going to be exposed to the sun for an extended period of time, consider wear clothing that covers more skin than a tank top (long-sleeved shirts, long pants, or long skirts). Many companies now make clothing that’s lightweight, comfortable, and protects against UV exposure.
  • Sun safety isn’t all external! Make sure you stay hydrated with plenty of water and be on the lookout for early symptoms of a heat stroke (confusion, loss of coordination, headache, or nausea and an elevated body temperature where the skin feels hot to the touch).

Fun Fact!  More people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. than all other cancers combined.