It is nearly impossible to avoid the sun in south Mississippi but there are ways you
can protect yourself from harmful UV rays. Explore the tips below to learn what steps
you can take to limit your exposure to UV rays that can cause sunburn, cancer, and
early skin aging.
- Seek shade, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when UV rays are the strongest
- Use caution around water, snow, and sand as these surfaces can reflect damaging rays
- Wear long-sleeve shirts, long pants, and a hat that covers the neck and ears
- Certain colors and clothing materials block UV rays better than others
- Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) - how much UVA and UVB rays a fabric allows to
reach your skin; the higher the UPF rating, the more protective the clothing
- Sun-Protective Clothing
- Sunglasses protect your eyes and the tender skin around your eyes from UV rays during
- Use sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of 30 or higher and reapply every
2 hours and after swimming, sweating, or toweling off.
- Sunscreen can expire - most are good for 2-3 years unless stated otherwise; long-term
exposure to heat can decrease the effectiveness
Avoid tanning beds!
- Tanning beds can cause long-term skin damage, early skin aging, and cancer.
CDC: Sun Safety
American Cancer Society: Spend Time Outside and Stay Sun-safe
American Skin Association: Sun Safety
FDA - Tips to Stay Safe in the Sun: From Sunscreen to Sunglasses
John Hopkins Medicine: Sun Safety