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Sun Safety

Always use sunscreen when outdoors to help your skin stay healthy.

Apply Sunscreen

Sunscreen should be a daily habit, even on cloudy days.

  • Apply SPF 30 or above at least 30 minutes before going outside.
  • Reapply every two hours, and immediately after swimming, playing or exercising outdoors.
  • Be generous. The average size adult requires 1 ounce of sunscreen to protect exposed skin, which is equivalent to one cupped hand full.

Put on a Hat

Hats protect your scalp and cast a shadow on your face. Bucket hats are the best for providing 360-degree coverage, but classic ball caps are good for keeping the sun off your forehead and parts of your upper face too. Even though you’re wearing a hat, you should still wear sunscreen for total protection.

Wear Sunglasses

Sun can damage your eyes in the same way it damages your skin. Polarized sunglasses reduce eye damage and eye fatigue by cutting down damaging sunrays and glare.

Cover with Clothing

Long sleeve shirts and full-length pants go a long way in keeping your skin healthy. For hot weather, look for light and breathable materials with an Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) rating.

Seek Shade

If possible, choose to stand or sit in the shade. You can make your own shade with an umbrella if needed.

Additional Resources

Visit the Block the Blaze website for more information on protecting yourself from the sun.