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Tip of the Week: Slip, Slap, Slop!

Today marks the first day that the new Indoor-Tanning Tax will be in effect. Anyone choosing to use UV-emitting tanning equipment will have an additional 10% surcharge added to their tanning experience. In honor of skin safety, this week's tip focuses on protecting yourself from natural UV rays!

Whether on a beach or at a pool, harmful UV-A and UV-B rays are beating down, potentially damaging your skin. The burning and peeling are bad enough, but exposure to the sun increases the likelihood of developing skin cancer down the road. To protect your skin, remember these three words: Slip, Slap, Slop.

SLIP on a lightweight shirt to cover your back and arms. This is especially important if already burnt and you intend to be out in the sun again.
SLAP on a hat and sunglasses to protect your eyes, face, and scalp. Even though you have hair on your head, it is still possible to get burned or to develop melanomas. In fact, hair makes early warning signs of cancer harder to detect!
SLOP on some sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher) and reapply regularly. Be sure your sunscreen protects against both UV-A and UV-B rays as both are harmful.

These three easy steps can help make for an aloe-free summer and healthy skin in the future!