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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Skin Protection

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  • Try to avoid being outside when sunlight is most intense: from 10:00 in the morning to 3:00 in the afternoon.
  • Wear a hat, long sleeves and dry, close–knit clothing while in the sun.
  • Sunscreen products may protect against common skin cancer. Use a sunscreen with a SPF of 15 or higher and choose a brand that protects against both UVA and UVB radiation (the label will give you this information). Put sunscreen on every part of your body that is exposed, including your ears, lips, nose, neck and hands. Sunscreen products for your lips are available in tinted (like lipstick) and untinted forms. Don't forget the top of your head if you are bald.
  • Apply sunscreen at least one–half hour before going outside, so the sunscreen has time to work.
  • The risk of sunburn is greater at high altittudes and near snow, sand, or water, so be sure to apply sunscreen before skiing or mountain climbing, even on cloudy days.
  • Sunscreen should be applied every two to three hours, after each time you swim and after you perspire a lot.
  • Remember: There is no safe tan. Tanning salons and sun beds should always be avoided.
  • Get into the habit of looking at your skin on a regular basis. If you notice a change, ask your doctor to look it over.