5 Tips To Protect Yourself This Summer


USC Pharmacist Katty Hsu, PharmD, shares five tips for protecting yourself from the sun this summer.


  1. Reduce Sun Exposure

Limit outdoor activity during the warmest time of the day from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

  1. Protect your Skin

When possible, seek shade or consider wearing a hat with a brim or clothing that will provide as much coverage from UV rays as possible such as long sleeves or pants or clothing certified to have a UV protection factor.  The best option is to use sunscreen in addition to wearing protective clothing while outside even in shady areas.

  1. Use Sunscreen

Apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes before you go outside, and choose a broad spectrum (UVA and UVB) sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or greater. Remember to reapply about every 2 hours, more frequently if swimming or sweating.

  1. Monitor your Medications

Take extra sun precautions if you’re taking medications that can make your skin more sensitive to the sun (photosensitivity). A pharmacist or health care provider can help you understand which medications can cause sun sensitivity.

  1. Come In and Meet your USC Pharmacist

To learn more about how you can protect your skin from harmful rays of the sun drop in and consult with a USC pharmacist.