As the weather begins to get cooler in many parts of the country, often people forget that the risks of skin cancer from UV exposure do not decline. Remember, you don’t need to be hitting the beach to focus on sun protection; it needs to happen everywhere and every time.

Remember these sun protection tips each time you set foot outside:

1. Know the times of day when the UV rays are the strongest – depending upon the time of year, UV rays are strongest either between 9am and 3pm or 10am and 4pm. During these times, sun protection is absolutely essential.

2. Have sufficient SPF protection – you should have SPF protection by applying sunscreen or lotion that’s designed to prevent your skin from harm. You need to apply at least SPF 15, but SPF 30 and higher will provide the greatest benefit. Also ensure that your sunscreen option has UVA and UVB protection.

3.  Cover up – light layers that cover the skin can add greater protection from harmful UVA and UVB rays are important as well as a hat to protect the sensitive skin on the face, ears and neck.

To learn more about skin cancer protection, check out the CDC.

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