Sun Basics

When you’re outside, protect your skin from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. UV rays may turn your skin red (sunburn) or a darker brown.

The American Cancer Society recommends the following tips when outdoors:


  • SLIP! on a shirt. Protect your skin with clothing.
  • SLOP! on Sunscreen. Use a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher. Put on at least 15 minutes before going outside. Reapply sunscreen if you’re sweating or swimming.
  • SLAP! on a Hat. Wear a hat with a wide brim. Your ears, neck and face get a lot of sun and need to be covered.
  • WRAP! on Sunglasses. Protect your eyes and the skin around them.

Avoid being in the sun as much as possible from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; during the middle of the day when the sun’s rays are very strong.

UV rays travel through clouds, so be sure to protect your skin even when the sun isn’t shining.

If you’re a parent, protect your child’s skin and practice these habits together.

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