July is here, and that means summer fun has begun. Whether you are vacationing or enjoying time at the lake, avoiding high exposure to Ultraviolet rays is essential. In honor of July being UV Safety Month, here are a few ways to protect yourself against UV rays.

Wear sunscreen

Even on cloudy days, you should be wearing sunscreen that is SPF 30 or higher. In addition, you should wear broad-spectrum sunscreen, and it should be water-resistant. You should reapply every two hours, and if you are swimming, follow the directions on your sunscreen bottle.

Wear protective clothing

Wearing darker clothing will create better protection for your skin than lighter clothing. You should also avoid wearing clothes that you can see the light through. If you can see the light through your shirt, UV rays can get through.

Wear a hat

Protect your eyes, forehead, nose, and scalp with a hat. It may seem simple, but sometimes a hat can be the best protection.

Avoid tanning beds

Tan skin may look amazing, but it is NOT worth it! Tanning beds can increase melanoma, especially if you use them before age 30.

Protect your skin from UV rays, and have a fantastic summer. To find a dermatologist near you, visit our website at https://rutherfordsbestdoctors.com/directory/.