Clever public service announcement about the dangers of tanning

“You look great in leather!” I see that leathery sun-damaged skin too often, here in sun-drenched Florida! And it’s hard to fix!

In all seriousness, though, here are some tips about how to preserve your skin from sun damage and avoid skin cancers, from

– Seek the shade, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM.

– Do not burn.

– Avoid tanning and UV tanning booths.

– Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.

– Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.

– Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating.

– Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreens should be used on babies over the age of six months.

– Examine your skin head-to-toe every month.

– See your physician every year for a professional skin exam.

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