Fun under the Sun

Did you know that sunscreen isn’t enough? While using sunscreen is important there are other things you should do to protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun. That’s where the 5 S’s of sunshine come in.

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Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide

The 5S’s of sunshine were developed by Cancer Council Victoria and the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation SunSmart® program in Australia to help people enjoy sunshine safely.
And, it can help you too! Just remember Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek, Slide and you can’t go wrong:
  1. Slip on sun-protective clothing
  2. Slop on sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher broad spectrum sunscreen)
  3. TIP: Apply early, reapply often, i.e., 20 minutes before going out in the sun, and then reapply every 2 hours and again after swimming
  4. Slap on a broad-brimmed hat
  5. Seek shade
  6. Slide on sunglasses

Protective clothing

It’s a good idea to cover as much of your skin as possible by wearing long pants, long-sleeved shirts and long skirts. To stay cool in hot weather try wearing loose-fitting clothing rather than tight clothes.
Did you know that there is clothing designed to protect your skin from the sun?
UV protective clothing is given a UV protection factor. Like SPF, the higher the UPF, fewer UV rays reach the skin.
Some everyday fabrics can protect you from the sun’s rays:
  • Tightly woven fabrics - If you can see light through it, UV rays can get through, too
  • Dense fibre fabrics - Denser or heavier fabric gives better protection

Sunscreen: a recap

  • Apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 whenever you’re out in the sun
  • Apply it about 15 to 30 minutes before going outside and cover all skin that isn’t protected by clothing
  • Always apply sunscreen generously
  • Reapply often – at least every 2 hours
  • Reapply after a swim or sweating
  • Use a water resistant sunscreen if kids will be around water or swimming. Water resistant sunscreens may last up to 80 minutes in the water (check the label to be sure)

Protect your head

In addition to sunscreen hats provide great sun protection, so long as you choose the right hat. With the right hat you can protect your scalp, eyes, nose, ears and neck. Wide brimmed hats (at least 3 inches wide) or a hat that has flaps at the back are excellent choices.

Hats with holes allow UV rays to get through to your head and face. Be sure to choose a hat you love and that offers you the best protection.
Another important part of your sun protection routine is sunglasses. If you don’t have sunglasses, get some. Once you have some, wear them. UV rays can harm your eyes.

Staying out of the sun

It can be hard to stay out of the sun, but there are things you can do to avoid too much sun.
For example:
  • The sun is strongest between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. try to limit outdoor activities during this time
  • If you have to be outside stay in the shade – if shade is scarce bring a beach umbrella or a portable sun shelter
  • Watch out for reflections of the sun’s rays from sand, water, snow or concrete. These can cause sun damage, too
Also, remember to cover up when outdoors on cloudy days UV rays can get through even when it’s gray and overcast.

Important information

In summer as in every season, the Pharmacist at Walmart is always available to support you and your family with advice about your everyday health and wellness. Just ask!

This information should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your doctor. There may be variations in treatment that your physician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances. If you have questions about your symptoms, ask the Pharmacist at Walmart for more information, and/or contact your doctor.

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