Green Sun Protection Tips
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On average, one American dies from melanoma (skin cancer) every hour. To protect your skin from harmful UV rays using healthy and environmentally-friendly methods, follow these rules:
- Wear those shades. Sunglasses that provide 99-100% of UVA and UVB protection greatly reduce sun exposure that can lead to cataracts and other eye damage. Check the label when buying sunglasses to make sure they have proper UV protection.
- Listen to the weather reports. The UV Index, developed by the National Weather Service and the Environmental Protection Agency, provides a forecast of the expected risk of overexposure to the sun and indicates the degree of caution that you should take when working, playing or exercising outdoors. Weather predictions in print and broadcast media announce the UV Index daily.
- Stay clear of the midday sun as much as possible. The sun's UV rays are strongest between 10 am and 4 pm If you're spending the day at the beach, take refuge under a beach umbrella during those hours when the sun's rays are most intense.
- Dress up. Wear light, long-sleeved shirts and ankle-length pants if you're going to be out in the sun for long periods of time and you'd rather not wear sunscreen. A wide brimmed hat will shade your face, neck, ears and eyes.