Published on July 08, 2019

Stay Sun-Safe This Summer

PELLA, Iowa—Summer is in full swing and Pella Regional is reminding the public to take steps to protect their skin from the sun when they go outside. Ultraviolet (UV) rays, from the sun and other sources like tanning beds, are the #1 cause of skin cancer. Too much exposure can also cause sunburn, eye damage, and premature wrinkles. Shielding skin with clothing, broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30, and staying in the shade can help.

Remember these steps to stay sun-safe this summer:

  • Use sunscreen every day, even if it’s cloudy.
  • Apply at least an ounce of sunscreen (enough to fill the palm of your hand) at least 30 minutes before going outside.
  • Use a lip balm that contains sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30.
  • Choose a broad spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB radiation. Other sunscreens may help you from getting sunburned, but they won’t protect against skin cancer.
  • Reapply sunscreen every two hours. Reapply every hour if you are swimming or sweating.
  • Keep babies younger than 6 months old completely covered and in the shade.
  • Limit the amount of time you’re in the sun between 10 am and 4 pm. This is when the sun’s rays are the most intense.
  • If possible, wear a long-sleeved shirt and long pants.
  • Wear a hat that shades your face, neck and ears and a pair of sunglasses. Sunglasses with lenses that have 99% to 100% UV absorption provide optimal protection for the eyes and the surrounding skin.
  • Avoid indoor tanning.