The first day of summer is officially June 20; however, the sun is a factor year-round.  We need sun protection when around water, sand, snow, ice and concrete because they can reflect sunrays.  Sun protection includes sunscreen, sunglasses, clothing, and hats.  One of the best tips for sun protection is to avoid the sun during peak hours; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m..  When selecting sunscreen, how do you know which one to choose?
• Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher as well as one that is water-resistant.
• Broad-spectrum sunscreens protect from UVA and UVB rays.  UVA rays may prematurely age your skin while UVB rays may burn your skin.
• SPF=sun protection factor; sun protection against UVB rays.
• Apply sunscreen generously and every two hours.  If you are swimming or sweating, sunscreen should be applied more frequently.
•  Water resistant—protection up to 40 minutes in water.
• If using spray sunscreen, do not inhale the product.  Do not spray near the face or mouth.  
• Do not use sunscreen on children under 6 months of age.
• Be sure to use sunscreen on areas such as the neck, tops of your feet, and ears.  A lip balm or lipstick with SPF is also recommended.
• Should block 100 percent UVA and UVB radiation to prevent sun damage to your eyes.  Check labels.
• Color or darkness of the lenses does not indicate UV protection.
Protect yourself from overexposure to sun and possible skin cancer by using the safety tips above.  According to the American Cancer Society, most 
skin cancers are caused by too much exposure to UV light.  UV light mainly comes from the sun.  Harmful UV light may also come from tanning beds and sun lamps.  Use sun safety as you enjoy the warm sunny days and enjoy the outdoor activities that summer has to offer.
Sources:  American Cancer Society and Mayo ClinicSunscreen