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What’s the best way to protect against the sun?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends several options. It suggests seeking shade between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when ultraviolet (UVA and UVB) rays are strongest and do the most damage. If you can’t avoid the sun, the CDC recommends covering up with clothing to protect exposed skin. People also should wear a hat with a wide brim to shade their face, head, ears, and neck — and wear sunglasses that wrap around and block as close to 100 percent of UV rays as possible. A sunscreen with sun protective factor (SPF) 15 or higher and both UVA and UVB protection is recommended.


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