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Summer 2016–FAQ’s About Sun Safety!
Credit: American Academy of Dermatology-Prevent.Detect.Live
Is a suntan healthy?
No! There is no such thing as a healthy suntan. Any change in your natural skin color is a sign of potential skin damage.
Are self-tanning lotions safe?
Yes. Self-tanning lotions are safe, however most do not contain
sunscreen and thus, do not protect against sunburn or other harmful effects of the sun. Make sure to wear sunscreen as well.
Does applying sunscreen mean I can stay outside longer?
No! Although a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 offers protection from sunburn, it does not block all of the sun’s damaging rays. To fully protect yourself, remember to seek shade, avoid peak hours of sun exposure and wear a long-sleeved shirt, pants and sunglasses in addition to applying sunscreen.
Do I have to reapply water resistant sunscreen once I put it on?
Yes. Water resistant sunscreens still have to be reapplied regularly, as heavy perspiration, water, and towel drying remove the sunscreen’s protective layer.
Is indoor tanning safe?
No! The dangers of indoor-tanning are well documented. In fact, research has shown that those who visit the tanning booth can increase their risk for skin cancer.
UV Index Number Exposure Level Precautions
0-2 Low Wear sunscreen and sunglasses
3 to 5 Moderate Wear sunscreen, sunglasses, cover up, seek shade near midday hours.
6 to 7 High Wear sunscreen and protective eye wear and clothing. Reduce time in sun
between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
8 to 10 Very High Wear sunscreen and protective eye wear and clothing. Take extra precautions. Unprotected skin will be damaged and can burn quickly. Reduce time in sun between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
11+ Extreme Extreme high risk of harm. Take all
precautions. Unprotected skin can burn in minutes. If possible stay inside.
Spring 2016: Monica’s Weight Loss Story: New Year, New You
Monica reached out to us as a health care provider to help her with her personal weight loss journey. Each week in the Mille Lacs Messenger, there will be an column dealing with a topic about staying happy and healthy, supporting Monica.
Follow her journey here: Continue reading Stay Happy. Stay Healthy.