July is UV Safety Month, a perfect time to freshen up on the importance of UV safety. We recognize that the sun feels good and motivates you, but it can be your skin’s worst enemy.

With holiday celebrations and summer destinations on your calendar, you’re going to be more susceptible to the sun’s harmful rays: wrinkles, blotchy skin, sunburn, even skin cancer.

Skin cancer can be aggressive and even fatal. Treatment can be painful, costly, and emotionally draining.

Skin cancer is the cancer you can see. Take extra precautions with your skin to protect you in your everyday fun in the sun experiences. It’s the skin cancer-free way.

Here are 6 tips on how to keep your skin safe this summer:

  1. Know your skin. Look in the mirror for any new changes or unusual signs. Early detection is key.
  2. Cover it up. Clothing, broad-brimmed hats and UV-blocking sunglasses will protect your skin, head, and eyes. Don’t burn!
  3. Look for shade. It’s your refuge, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun’s intensity is at its peak.
  4. Use sunscreen. Use as directed with an SPF (sun protection factor) of 30 or higher, broad-spectrum for UVA and UVB rays, water resistance, and sensitive skin. Reapply every two hours or after swimming or excessive sweating.
  5. Keep newborns out of the sun. Skin is sensitive at six months and younger.
  6. See a dermatologist annually, or more frequently if you see something suspicious or have risk factors.

Be sure to stop by to pick up your effective sunscreen. You’ll be able to enjoy the sun and play outdoors responsibly as your skin will remain vibrant and healthy!