Slather on the Sunscreen

Protect yourself from rays when it’s time to play

By Adam Lansdell


While ribbing your lobster-skinned friend who just got back from the beach might seem like fun, the concept of protecting yourself from the sun is nothing to laugh at. Damage from the sun can lead to skin cancer and other complications. Be it high in the sky or hidden behind the clouds, the sun emits potentially deadly ultraviolet (UV) rays that are difficult to avoid.

If you’re going to be out and about this summer, don’t forget to slap on some sunscreen, stay in the shade and keep your skin covered.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it only takes as little as 15 minutes for UV rays to damage your skin.

The CDC also recommends you put on broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 15 before you go outside, even on slightly cloudy or cool days. Don’t forget to put a thick layer on all parts of exposed skin. Get help for hard-to-reach places like your back. And remember, sunscreen works best when combined with other options to prevent UV damage.