While a little vitamin D from the sun’s rays is good for you, there is really no such thing as a “healthy glow.” Any type of suntan is caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. Too much UV exposure can put you at risk for skin cancer. So, how do you protect yourself?
- Try to avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., daylight saving time (9 a.m. to 3 p.m. standard time).
- Wear sunglasses whenever you are outside to avoid damaging your retinas.
- A wide-brimmed hat that offers a lot of shade is the best choice for protecting your head, face and neck.
- Use a sunscreen that provides broad spectrum UV protection and a minimum sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 whenever you go outside. Remember to apply it to the tops of your ears, tip of your nose, and on your scalp at the point where your hair is parted.
Also, be aware that damage from the sun can happen even on cloudy days, and that tanning beds are just as harmful as the sun!