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Sun & Skin Care

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Have fun in the sun but keep your skin safe. Reduce your risk of skin cancer and avoid painful sunburns by following these sun safety tips. 

Choose Your Cover and Rub It In

  • Apply sunscreen with at least SPF 30 to exposed skin 30 minutes before heading outdoors.
  • Re-apply after swimming, exercising, and getting wet.
  • Always follow the directions on the label. Adults should apply sunscreen to their own hands and then transfer to the child’s skin.

Shield Your Skin

  • Wear clothing to cover your skin. Shirts, beach covers, and pants can add another layer of sun protection.
  • Make sure to wear sunscreen beneath thin clothing to block more harmful rays.

Seek Shade

  • Seek shade under umbrellas, trees, and other structures to prevent sunburn.
  • Stay indoors during extreme heat!

Grab Your Shades

  • Sunglasses protect your eyes and skin around your eyes. Find a pair that blocks both UVA and UVB rays.

Don’t Forget Your Head!

  • Put on a wide-brimmed hat to shield your head, ears, face, and neck.
  • If you choose a baseball cap, make sure to apply sunscreen to your ears, face, and neck.

Avoid the Sting of Mosquitoes!

Cover exposed skin and clothing with repellent, and choose repellents with DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535. Remember that DEET is not recommended for children younger than 2 months. Adults should apply repellent to their own hands and then transfer to the child’s skin. Always follow the directions on the label.

Visit our Drain and Cover website for more ways to prevent mosquito bites this summer!