“Slip! Slop! Slap!…and Wrap!”

“Sun Safety
Catch this phrase – and fewer UV rays

There’s more to sun safety than having sunblock on hand. To help people remember that, the American Cancer Society offers this catch phrase: “Slip! Slop! Slap!…and Wrap!”

Slip on a shirt. If you can cover up, do. This will reduce your UV exposure. Ideally, this means loose-fitting garments made of tightly woven fabrics, preferably with long sleeves and legs. When that’s not practical, at least consider a T-shirt or a wrap. Dark colors generally block more rays.

Slop on sunscreen. Lotions, lip balms, and other sunscreen products help safeguard skin. Choose those with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15. Some experts recommend SPF 30 or higher. Look for products that protect against both UVA and UVB rays. And, don’t just toss it in your bag. Put plenty on before you head outdoors. Reapply every 2 hours or after sweating or swimming. Check the expiration date on sunscreen – it can become less effective over time. Replace products as needed.

Slap on a hat. Make it wide – brimmed so it shades your face, ears, and neck.

Wrap your eyes in protection. Sunglasses can guard your eyes. A wraparound style can protect the skin, too.

Also, when outdoors, try to stay in the shade. That’s especially wise from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., when UV rays are the strongest. No trees or shelter in sight? Bring your own: Consider a large umbrella or pop-up tent.”

~Healthy Mind Healthy Body Issue 1 2011