No matter what your skin type, age or previous tanning experience, always wear sunscreen with the appropriate SPF (sun protection factor) when exposed to the sun. Select one with the best protection you can find and slather it on all exposed skin. Some dermogoligists even suggest applying sunscreen before dressing so your entire body is protected. Reapply after coming out of the water. Make a habit of putting on sunscreen when you are outdoors.
Skin protection is especially vital on the open beach. Sand, water and concrete surfaces can reflect 85 percent of the sun's rays. The intensity of the sun has increased in recent years so it's wise to take steps to protect your skin from burning or sun damage. Don't be fooled by a cloudy day. Ninety percent of the sun's burning rays penetrate the clouds.
Children's skiin and eyes are especially vulnerable to the sun's damaging rays and require special protection. Nearly half of the damage to skin occurs in childhood and early adolescence and much of damage leading to mascular degeneration occurs before age 5. Select colorful, fun styles for your children and guide them toward life-long eye health.