Protect your skin from the sun

Protect your skin from the sun

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You need to protect your skin from the sun every day, even when it's cloudy. That's because the sun's damaging ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays go right through clouds. Too much sun can make your skin wrinkly and might even give you skin cancer. To protect yourself: 

  • Use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30. Look for a sunscreen that protects you from both UVA and UVB rays. When a sunscreen protects against both, the bottle might say the sunscreen offers “broad-spectrum” sun protection.
  • Cover up by wearing a hat, sunglasses, and clothes that cover your arms and legs, if possible.
  • Seek shade when the sun's rays are strongest, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. 
To learn more about how damaging the sun can be, visit Skin cancer: How the sun can hurt your skin.

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