Use a higher SPF sunscreen for extended sun exposure. If you will be spending a long time in the sun, or if you have a history of skin cancer or are at a higher risk for developing it, consider using a sunscreen with a higher SPF. SPFs of 50 or higher offer more protection, but they do not last longer and should not be used as a way to extend the time you spend in the sun.

Avoid tanning beds. Tanning beds emit UV radiation, which can damage your skin and increase your risk of skin cancer. If you want a tan, consider using a self-tanning product or spray tan instead.

Wear protective clothing. In addition to using sunscreen, it is important to cover up as much of your skin as possible when you are in the sun. Wear a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and clothing made of tightly woven fabric, such as long-sleeved shirts, pants, and dresses. Clothing with an Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) rating can provide extra protection.

Stay in the shade. The sun’s rays are the strongest between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., so try to stay out of direct sunlight during these times. Take breaks in the shade or use an umbrella to protect yourself from the sun.

Stay hydrated. Dehydration can occur quickly when you are in the sun, especially on hot days. Make sure to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine, as they can increase dehydration.

Check your skin regularly. Examine your skin regularly for any changes, such as new moles or unusual growths. If you notice any changes, consult a dermatologist. It is also important to check your skin for signs of sun damage, such as sunburn, redness, or freckling.

By following these tips, you can help protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun and reduce your risk of skin cancer.