Feel the Burn Without the Sunburn

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Wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect your eyes, ears, neck, forehead, nose and scalp from the sun.

Wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect your eyes, ears, neck, forehead, nose and scalp from the sun.

Feeling the burn is a good thing when doing a workout. However, if feeling the burn pertains to a sunburn, that is not good! The American Cancer Society suggests these tips while exercising outdoors:

* Exercise before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m., when the sun isn’t as strong.

* Choose the shadiest route for your walk.

* ALWAYS apply sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher, even on cloudy days (SPF 30 or higher if you burn easily). Apply before you dress.

* Choose a sunscreen that blocks both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays.

* Don’t skip the sunscreen if you’re only going out for a short time – you can get sunburned in as little as 15 minutes.

* Don’t forget to put sunscreen on your ears, arms, legs and hands.

* Don’t assume your clothing offers protection. If you can see your hand between your clothing and a light source, the garment will offer little protection from the sun. Tightly-woven fabric is the best option.

* Wear a hat with a wide brim to protect your eyes, ears, neck, forehead, nose and scalp.

* Choose sunglasses that block 99 to 100 percent of UV-A and UV-B rays, preferably a wrap-around style. They don’t have to be expensive to offer protection.

The American Cancer Society’s Slip! Slop! Slap!® and Wrap campaign slogan provides an easy way to remember the 4 key steps to sun protection:

1. Slip on a shirt.

2. Slop on sunscreen.

3. Slap on a hat.

4. Wrap on sunglasses to protect your eyes and sensitive skin around them.

More about skin cancer prevention.