Stay Safe in the Sun This Spring Break

March 9, 2015

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For many of you spring break is right around the corner and pale, winter skin can take a beating in the hot sun. It is important to protect your body when it isn’t used to sun exposure after the long winter months.

One thing I’ve learned as I study in Australia is not to test your limits with the sun. In many tropical destinations the sun’s UV rays are much more powerful than we are used to in New England summers. For example, in Australia there is a thinner ozone layer above the country. In many tropical destinations the further you get from cities and smog, the more powerful and damaging the sun can be.

I found a nice tool to remember how to stay safe in the sun: slip, slop, slap, seek, slide. Slip on protective clothing, slop on sunscreen, slap on a hat, seek out shade, and slide on sunglasses. This is what you need to remember in order to keep your body protected. Damage from UV rays over time can lead to skin cancer, so it is very important to be proactive.

To learn a little more about being safe in the sun check out this handout from Queensland, Australia. Everyone would like to get a tan over spring break, but be smart about sun exposure wherever you go!

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