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Tip of the Month

Warm weather and sunshine invite us all outside for our favorite activities. Whether it is swimming, gardening, boating, or simply sitting on the porch, your skin should always be protected. According to the most recent studies, a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 can block up to 97% of UVB rays and an SPF of 50 can block up to 98% UVB rays. UVA rays can also affect our skin, but UVA has no SPF. Be sure to check your sunscreen and use one that blocks both types of rays. 

Consumer Reports tested over 100 sunscreens and recommends that using one with SPF 40 or higher helps to ensure the most protection. The Mayo Clinic also has several recommendations for the use of sunscreen and outdoor activity. They suggest avoiding the hottest parts of the day with the most direct sunlight – typically between 10 am and 4 pm. If this is not possible, apply sunscreen to dry skin 15 minutes before exposure. Sunscreen should be applied every two hours and after swimming or heavy sweating. Don't forget to protect all parts of your skin - your scalp, lips, feet, and tips of ears are some of the most sensitive areas that are often overlooked when applying sunscreen.  

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