Spending time in the sun increases a person’s risk of skin cancer and early skin aging any time of the year. To reduce these risks, people should regularly use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF value of 30 or higher in combination with protective measures such as:
- Limiting time in the sun, especially between the hours of 10 AM and 2 PM when the sun’s rays are the strongest.
- Wearing breathable clothing to cover skin exposed to the sun (long-sleeved shirts, pants, sunglasses, broad-brimmed hats) when possible.
- Use a water resistant sunscreen if swimming or sweating. Yes. We do sweat in Texas.
- Reapply sunscreen, even if it is labeled as water-resistant, at least every 2 hours. (Water-resistant sunscreens should be reapplied more often after swimming or sweating, according to the directions on the label.)