Published July 26, 2022

Did you know that the skin is the largest organ in your body? While enjoying outside activities with friends and family this summer, remember to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays with these helpful tips:

  • Always wear sunscreen, even if it is a cloudy day.
  • Re-apply sunscreen every three hours.
  • Check your sunscreen’s SPF level. The SPF number is the level of protection the sunscreen provides against UVB rays, which are the main cause of sunburn.
  • Remember to apply sunscreen on commonly missed places such as the ears, lips and exposed parts of the scalp.
  • Wear protective and light clothing such as longsleeved shirts and long pants.

Pro tip: Your Flexible Spending Account (FSA) can be used to purchase sunscreen. As long as sunscreen is SPF 15 or greater, and offers broad spectrum protection, it is eligible for reimbursement with an FSA.

For more information on preventive care and ways to stay healthy this summer, visit myquadmed.com/hii to schedule a no-cost physical at the HII Family Health Center.

Spot a spot on your skin? Teladoc’s dermatology service lets you send secure photographs of skin issues for a dermatologist’s diagnosis and treatment from the comfort of home. Visit teladoc.com/hii or download the Teladoc app for details.