May is National Water Safety Month! FSU Campus Recreation and UF RecSports have teamed up to share ways to stay safe in the sun, wherever you are this summer.
Sun protection is an important part of staying safe.
Tip 1: Use the right kind of sunblock
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using a sunblock that is water resistant, broad spectrum, and has an SPF of at least 30.
When applying a sunblock lotion, you should aim to use about an ounce worth of lotion. This is equivalent to about a shot glass worth of lotion.
Tip 2: Use accessories to stay safe
The sun reflects off of sun, sand, and even snow! Wherever you are – sun protection is important.
Hats are a fun and creative way to protect yourself from the sun. Wide brim hats or baseball caps are a great option.
Sunglasses are an essential way to protect your eyes. Opt for lenses that are polarized and UV-protected lenses.
Tip 3: Make a plan before you head outside
UV rays can differ depending on the time of day or time of year. Each day, UV rays are strongest between 10 AM and 4 PM. Rays are strongest in summer months, May through August.
It’s a common myth that you can’t get sunburnt if it’s cloudy. UV rays are present whether it’s sunny or cloudy. Wear your sunscreen no matter what!
A little planning goes a long way when you’re in the sun. Use these tips to keep yourself safe while you’re outside this summer.