WHEN YOU’RE IN THE SUN…
CHOOSE YOUR COVER, GET A HAT, COVER UP, GRAB SHADES, SEEK SHADE, AND WEAR SUNSCREEN!
UV rays can hurt your skin in more ways than one. Just a few serious sunburns can increase your risk of getting skin cancer. And, over time, UVA exposure can make your skin wrinkled and leathery. So, before heading into Hawai‘i’s outdoors, do yourself a favor: protect the skin you’re in. Listed below are a few guidelines to help you and your family keep cool and healthy while on vacation or at home.
• Apply a reef-friendly sunscreen and lip balm with UVA and UVB Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 30; apply at least 30 minutes prior to going outside. Reapply every two hours, even when it’s cloudy.
• Wear protective clothing, a broad-brimmed hat and tight woven clothing like a long-sleeved shirt and pants.
• Wear sunglasses that block at least 99% of all UV rays.
• Avoid the midday sun from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Keep babies less than 6 months old out of the sun and do not apply sunscreen to their skin. For children older than 6 months old, use sunscreen specially made for children.
• For sensitive skin: use PABA-Free sunscreens with either zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.
• Cool and soothe the skin with a cold damp cloth or ice cubes.
• If sunburn covers a large area, immerse the body in a cool Aveeno powder bath that coats and soothes the skin.
• Aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen reduces inflammation, itching and also dull the pain.
• Drink lots of water or juice to replace body fluids.
• If suffering from severe (blistering) sunburn, see a doctor immediately.
• Use any product containing “-caine” ingredients; doing so may cause an allergic reaction in some people.
• Lubricate the skin with suntan oil while exposed to the sun. Suntan oil can actually magnify the harmful effects of the sun.
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