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Be Kind to Your Skin

The sun's UVC rays reach you all day, increasing your risk for wrinkles, age spots, and skin cancer. To protect your skin, always apply sun block (SPF 15 or higher) before going outdoors. Add a broad-brimmed hat, 100% UV sunglasses, and long sleeved clothes.

Sunburn: First aid

Signs and symptoms of sunburn usually appear within a few hours of exposure, bringing pain, redness, swelling and occasional blistering. Because exposure often affects a large area of your skin, sunburn can cause headache, fever and fatigue.

 If you have a sunburn:

  • Take a cool bath or shower.
  • Apply an aloe vera lotion several times a day.
  • Leave blisters intact to speed healing and avoid infection.
  • If needed, take an over-the-counter pain reliever such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others), naproxen (Aleve) or acetaminophen (Tylenol,
    others). Don't give children or teenagers aspirin. It may cause Reye's syndrome, a rare, but potentially fatal, disease.

If your sunburn begins to blister or if you experience immediate complications, such as rash, itching or fever, see your doctor.

More tips for healthy skin include eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, getting enough sleep, and drinking plenty of water. 

For more information on protecting yourself from skin cancer, go to

http://cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/skin

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