Dr. Russell Greenfield: It's summer time and you know what that means. Everyone will be spending plenty of time out from the sun. Today, I would like to discuss some ideas with you about being sun smart this summer, with a special emphasis on how to protect your skin and eyes from the sun's damaging UV rays.
Number one, avoid sun exposure at least between the hours of 10am and 2pm, when the sun's rays are the strongest. Two, make wearing sunscreen a morning ritual, just like brushing your teeth, because you never know when you might find yourself outdoors for an extended period of time.
Apply sunblock or sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 everyday over all exposed areas and at least 30 minutes before going outdoors, reapplying frequently on average every two hours. Make sure your kids are following these guidelines too.
Number three, wear a wide brimmed hat and sun protective clothing. Specialized clothing made using sun protective fabric offers additional protection from the sun's damaging rays.
Fourth, wear good sun glasses that protect against both UV A and UV B rays. One other thing, keep adequate hydration in mind, start your day with a big glass of water and keep a clean supply of water nearby throughout the day, so you can replace fluids loss during exercise and time in the sun.
Summers should be a joyous time for the entire family and following the tips just outlined can help make itself.