How to protect your skin as summer approaches

Products and tips for staying safe in the sun
Posted at 10:50 AM, May 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-22 12:10:58-04

WISCONSIN (NBC 26) ⁠— As Skin Cancer Awareness Month wraps up and summer unofficially begins, The Skin Cancer Foundation wants to remind people to stay sun-safe this Memorial Day weekend and throughout summer.

The foundation says the Friday before Memorial Day has been designated as "Don't Fry Day." They explain that although COVID-19 may cause time outdoors to look different than usual this year, many towns are opening beaches for Memorial Day and sun protection remains as important as ever.

According to The Skin Cancer Foundation, UV radiation is the main factor responsible for skin cancers. They say sand and water reflect about 80% of UV rays.

The Skin Cancer Foundation offers these tips to help you and your family stay sun-safe while enjoying time outside:

  1. Apply one ounce of broad spectrum, SPF 30+ sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside
  2. Reapply sunscreen every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating
  3. Seek the shade during peak sun hours, between 10 A.M. and 4 P.M.
  4. Cover up with clothing such as wide-brimmed hats and UW-blocking sunglasses

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