Protect yourself from Tanning: Staying safe from the sun and UV radiation is easy if you follow the steps below every day!
- Avoid Sunburns
- Avoid Sun Tanning and Tanning Beds
- Apply lots of Sunscreen
- Wear Protective Clothing
- Wear Sunglasses
- Sit in the Shade
- Be careful near Water, Snow and Sand
- Watch the UV Index
- Get Vitamin D Safely
- Avoid Tanning Oils
- Tanning does not protect your Skin from Sunburn
The SPF tells the relative amount of sun protection that a sunscreen will give you when used the right way. Sunscreens protect your skin by absorbing and/or reflecting UVA and UVB rays.
All sunscreens in the United States must have an SPF label. Sunscreens with an SPF of at least 15 are recommended. You should know that an SPF of 30 is not two times more protective than an SPF of 15. Instead, when used the right way, an SPF of 15 protects the skin from 93 percent of UVB radiation and an SPF of 30 protects you from 97 percent of UVB rays.
Although the SPF rating on sunscreen is for UVB rays only, many kinds of sunscreens also include ingredients that protect from UVA rays as well. These are called “broad-spectrum” sunscreens and they are highly recommended! Check your sunscreen to see if it is broad-spectrum.
Sunless tanners and bronzers can give you a temporary tan without the sun. Sometimes different areas of the skin can color unevenly. Remember to always wash your hands after applying tanning lotion! The lotion can stain your hands.
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