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Some tips to prevent a sunburn

Summer's here, and your skin may soon turn an uglyshade of lobster red. Some tips to prevent a sunburn.

Some tips to prevent a sunburn

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Noon break

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If you have a choice, stay indoors between 10 am and 2 pm. It is during this four-hour window period that the sun's rays are at their most intense. Outdoor activities during this period could lead to a bad sunburn in just 30 minutes.

Screen yourself

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If you are going to be outdoors for long periods, spare a thought for broadspectrum sunscreen lotions that protect you from both UVA and UVB rays. Lotions with titanium dioxide or zinc oxide are a good choice.

Clouds don't help

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Cloudy skies doesn't mean you are safe from sunburn - not by a long shot! While clouds do block some of the sun's rays, the most dangerous ones manage to get through. So, keep that sunscreen handy!

Cloth protection

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Wear clothing that shields you from sunrays. While longsleeve shirts may not seem very comfortable in the sweaty outdoors, your skin will thank you for the extra protection. Clothes help a lot in preventing sunburn.

The right glass

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If you thought tinted car windows will help prevent sunburn, think again. Glass - tinted or not - is not effective in blocking UVA rays, at least unless it is specially treated for the purpose. The same goes for sunglasses.

Go cowboy

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Wear a wide-brimmed hat on extremely sunny days, even if it makes you look like a John Wayne wannabe. Trendier baseball caps may help protect your face, but they leave the back of your neck and the ears exposed.

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