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The sun is out and the weekend is long. Before you start having fun under the sun, make sure to take certain important steps to avoid sun burns or other more serious injuries. pier-748491_640

According to Consumer Reports experts, as you expose your skin to the sun and layers are shed, your skin is exposed to ultraviolet rays.

Because these rays are harmful, your skin can be damaged and injuries may ensue. Since most people have misconceptions related to sun safety, this is the perfect time to start learning more about the risks before you head to the beach.

Make Proper Use of Sunscreen

Too often, individuals make sue of sunscreen, but incorrectly. Because of the incorrect use, their skin is exposed to harmful rays. In a survey carried out by Consumer Reports at a beach in Yonkers, NY, 60 percent of those who were interviewed said they apply sunscreen on their skin 15 to 30 minutes before they are exposed to the sun. But under a third of the respondents said they actually reapply the protection every two hours. On sunscreen labels, instructions urge users to reapply the product every two hours for protection, but consumers often ignore the recommendations. According to Consumer Reports, evidence indicates most individuals also ignore they must make use of the right amount of sunscreen and that applying every two hours is not enough.

Because most people use half the amount needed to ensure the skin is protected, most consumers are getting half of the SPF. For the best protection, consumers must use a teaspoon of the product on each body part that will be exposed to the sun. One teaspoon of sunscreen on your ears, face, arm, neck, etc.

Sunscreen Alone Is Not Enough

According to experts, sunscreen use is important, but the product is not capable of keeping 100 percent of UV rays away. In order to stay protected, consumers must also look for other sun-shielding strategies to stay protected. For that, make use of important features that block UV lights such as wearing clothing with built-in sun protection or other tops that are made with polyester-spandex blend or tightly woven cotton can help to keep UV rays away. Sunglasses that block 99 to 100 percent of the UV rays should also be part of your wardrobe, but that’s not all, wearing a broad-brimmed had may also help to protect you from harmful rays.

Stay Alert For Skin Changes

To those who are concerned about their skin health, getting acquainted with their skin enough to know when something different comes up could save you major trouble down the road. Become familiar with your skin and contact your doctor if you see something out of the ordinary. Existing moles that begin to change or the appearance of new moles that are unlike any others you may have are great examples of what to look for.

If you take medication, you may also be more susceptible to burning or experiencing painful rashes due to the exposure to the sun. Individuals who are being treated with certain antibiotics, pain relievers, diuretics, or anti-aging products should be aware they may be more likely to be harmed by the sun.

If you would like to learn more about what you should do to stay protected during the Fourth of July weekend, follow this link for more details.

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