How to Protect Yourself
- The most effective way is to avoid sun exposure as much as possible, especially midday (approximately 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) when UV rays are strongest.
- Don’t let your guard down on overcast days. UV rays can penetrate clouds. Get in the habit of putting sunscreen on every morning, regardless of how the weather looks.
- Covering up is a good way to protect yourself. Adequately protective clothing can be effective. To ensure you’re protected, add high-necked shirts with long sleeves to your wardrobe. Apply sunscreen to skin that’s still exposed.
- Sunscreen comes in many forms. Whatever you use, apply it liberally and throw out expired products. To ensure adequate protection, buy the strongest sunscreen available and apply a "reasonably thick" layer at least 20 minutes before you go outside. Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours, especially after sweating, swimming or rubbing your skin with a towel.
adapted from Playing it Safe in the Sun, Summer 2007 Lupus Now