Top 5 Sun Smart Tips for the Summer

We all know Arizona summers can be extremely hot and extended exposure to the sun can be damaging to our bodies. Anyone who has ever endured an Arizona sunburn in triple digit weather, understands how painful and dangerous this can be! More than 1 million skin cancers are diagnosed each year in the United States. The good news is that skin cancer can be prevented. Check out these top 5 sun smart tips for the summer to keep you and your family protected.

1.) Limit direct sun exposure during midday - UV rays are most intense during the 10am to 4pm hours. You should plan your outdoor activities before or after these hours.

2.) Avoid tanning beds and sunlamps - Tanning gives our UVA and frequently UVB rays which can cause serious long-term skin damage and both contribute to skin cancer.

3.) Ware shades and a hat - You should purchase sunglasses with at least a 99% UV absorption. And why not invest in a fun summer hat while you are at it!

4.) Use sunscreen with SPF of 15 or higher - The SPF number represents the level of protection against UVB rays, which are the type of rays responsible for the majority of skin cancers. A higher number means more protection. You should apply generous amounts of sunblock every 2 hours if you are out in the direct sun for a long period of time.

5.) Check your skin - Check your own skin for unusual changes, new growths or changes in skin color. If you notice any moles that have changed size, shape or color, contact your doctor right away. Skin cancer is most easily treated if found early.

Please share these top 5 sun smart tips for the summer to help have a safe and enjoyable season. And If you or someone you know is looking to buy a home this summer, please contact Lisa Bray today!

Lisa Bray

RE/MAX Professionals


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