By: Gillian and Caitlyn

Protect Yourself... from the Sun!

Although the sun is 93,000,000 miles away from earth, the sun's rays can greatly affect our skin. Year round, UVA and UVB rays penetrate our skin. Even though many people are aware of this, they still don't take the necessary precautions. Listed below are some easy ways to protect yourself from getting a sunburn.

1) Apply sunscreen before doing an outdoor activity AND after every 30 minutes of exposure!

2) Wear a hat!

3) Don't go outside between 10:00 and 3:00 OR stay in the shade between 10:00 and 3:00

4) Wearing a cotton T-Shirt is equivalent to 5 spf! At the beach, when you're not in the water, wear a cover-up!

SPF (Sun Protection Factor)

Have you ever seen that label on a sunscreen bottle that says 5, 30, or maybe even 70 spf? Well that number basically stands for the strength of your sunscreen. Study's have shown that an spf 30 or above will keep you safe, if you follow the correct procedure.

Be safe in the sun next Summer!

#1 Most Common Cancer: Skin Cancer

Tanning Salons=Skin Cancer?

Statistics show that 2.3 million teens per year, have gone to tanning booths. And, over 2 million adults get skin cancer each year. Most likely, the cancer is a result of tanning salons. If you got skin cancer, treating it can be a slow and painful process. And the cost will be very expensive. When you head to a tanning salon, do you really know what you are getting yourself into?

1 in 8 adults in the U.S.A. have a history of malignant melanoma. That is the most deadliest skin cancer you can get. Most people don't realize that they are damaging their skin, because you won't notice the effects right away. That is why it is best to start proactive habits early. By going to a tanning salon you are taking a huge risk. Is it really worth it?

Lastly, a tan is for one Summer. The effects of the tanning will affect you during your entire lifetime. Sun tanning has been linked to wrinkles and early aging in your adult years.

Should you risk your life just for a tan? The choice is up to you.