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Sun Protection 101

As many people are aware, it's crucial to stay hydrated throughout the hot summer days. People tend to forget the most important task that must be done before stepping outside, which is applying sunscreen and wearing protective clothing. By shielding your skin from the sun, you can lower your risk of getting skin cancer, sunburns, and early signs of aging like wrinkles, age spots, and sagging skin.


How to Protect Your Skin from the Sun

Shades

While sunbathing may give you the desired tan, it also raises your risk of developing skin cancer. Along with helping you feel cooler, staying in a shaded environment will shield your skin from UV rays. You could utilize a tree, umbrella, or other type of shelter.


Clothing

When possible, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants and skirts, which can provide protection from UV rays.


Hat

The amount of ultraviolet (UV) radiation that reaches the ears, face, and neck can cause headaches and fatigue; however, wearing a sun hat with a wide brim can help lower this radiation by 50%.


Sunglasses

Protect your eyes from UV rays ,reduce the risk of cataracts and it also looks stylish. Look for a label that says either of these two things: 100% protection against both UVA and UVB.


Sunscreen

Sunscreen is an essential way to protect your skin from the sun and prevent skin cancer.

Recommended for age 6 months and older

Use sunscreen that has an SPF of 15 or higher 15-30minutes before sun exposure.

Sunscreen wears off reapply every 2 hours after swimming, sweating, or toweling off .


UV detection dots

UV Detection Sticker that gives you a personalized reminder of when it's time to reapply your sunscreen. which gives you a clear view of your sun protection in real time.


Medications

Be even more cautious if you are taking medications that may make you more sensitive to the sun. These include specific types of antibiotics, anti-infl ammatories, antifungals, blood pressure medications, and chemotherapies.



Let Harbor Town Pharmacy Help You!


Harbor Town Pharmacy carries several sunscreen products. If there is a specifi c product you want and we don't have it, we can order it. Having so many options over the counter can be overwhelming. We are more than happy to help you decide on which product best suits your needs.



Written by Kognan Kampi

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