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Friday, February 13, 2009

How to prevent sun damage

Try to avoid the sun's most intense rays by staying out of the sun during the middle of the day.

Be especially careful if you are around water, sand, or any surface that will reflect and therefore intensify the sun's rays. Remember, the sun's rays are more intense the higher you get in elevation.

When purchasing sunscreen, select a brand with an SPF of at least 15, preferably greater (45 - 60).

In general, infants' skin is much thinner and more sensitive to the sun than adults' skin, even in individuals with darker complexions. The amount of sunscreen needed depends on how light the child's complexion is.

Sunscreen is most effective if first applied 20-30 minutes before sun exposure.

Use sunscreen whenever you expect to be in the sun for thirty minutes or more, and re-apply after swimming.

Make sure effective use of clothing, hats, and other physical barriers are worn to protect the skin from the sun.

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