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Get ready for the summer!

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One of the best ways to protect yourself this summer is sunscreen. Even on cloudy days, the sun’s rays can be harmful to your skin. It is recommended to use sunscreen of at least SPF 30 or higher and ensure that the protection covers both UVA and UVB rays. Those patients with lighter skin may require a higher level of protection. Reapplication should occur after swimming, sweating, drying off with a towel or rubbing of the skin. In general, it is recommended to reapply every 2-3 hours. In addition to sunscreen, wearing a hat, sunglasses and long sleeve shirts will assist with sun protection. For children, sunscreen is not recommended for those below six months of age. Parents are encouraged to use sunglasses, shade and protective clothing. All in all, have fun in the summer, but remember your sunscreen.