The sun just seems to shine a little hotter in the south. While that makes for great front porch sweet tea, it can be hard on the rest of us.
Enjoy the outdoors but keep these tips in mind to protect yourself from the sun's rays.
The sun is strongest during the hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you find yourself outside during these hours make sure to use protective sunscreen and take plenty of breaks indoors.
Look for a sunscreen above 30 SPF that protects against UVA and UVB rays - also known as broad spectrum.
Sunscreen needs to be reapplied regularly. Follow the directions especially after swimming or strenuous exercise.
Consider wearing lightweight clothing with UV protection built in. Hats are important to keep the sun off your face and neck.
Create your own shade when necessary. Bring along umbrellas or a pop-up tent.
Don't forget to protect your eyes. Wear sunglasses and encourage children to do the same.
Infants are especially vulnerable to sun exposure so make sure they are fully dressed in protective clothing and out of the sun whenever possible.
UV rays are present even on cloudy days so don't let the lack of sunshine fool you! Keep up your sun smart protection.