The sun can damage unprotected skin in as little as 15 minutes. Follow these 4 tips from Premera Blue Cross to protect your skin:
- Make sure you’re covered. Wear clothing and a wide-brimmed hat to protect as much skin as possible. Protect your eyes with sunglasses that block UV light.
- Wear sunscreen. Apply a broad spectrum (UVA and UVB) sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 every 2 hours and after you swim or sweat.
- Seek shade. Limit your sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun’s rays are strongest.
- Avoid tanning beds and sunlamps. Their UV rays can be stronger than those from the sun.
For Business Health Trust members enrolled in medical benefits through Premera Blue Cross, sign in at premera.com for additional health information, support and educational resources.
Tip: Call Premera’s free 24-Hour NurseLine to find out how to perform a monthly skin cancer self-exam. The phone number is on your Premera ID card.