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Happy Independence Day from Skin Inc. magazine!

Posted: July 2, 2009

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4. Lakes, waterways, and seas will be crowded with boats. Review safe boating practices, and don't drink and drive your boat. Alcohol consumption while operating boats or other motorized water vessels is illegal, and you can be arrested for boating under the influence. Be sure that you have an adequate number of life preservers on hand for extra guests. Become familiar with the boating laws in your area.

5. Cover food and beverages outdoors to discourage bees and wasps from attending your party. If someone is allergic to insect stings, you should have an emergency anaphylaxis kit on hand. Wearing shoes, long sleeves and long pants outdoors and avoiding fragranced body products, bright colors and sugary drinks can also help prevent bee stings.

6. Apply sunscreen both before and during an outdoor party. Ultraviolet rays from the sun can cause both premature aging and skin cancer in the long term, and a painful burn the next day. Even those with darker skin should use a sunscreen with a minimum sun protection factor (SPF) of 15, according to recommendations from the American Academy of Dermatology.

7. Check prescription medications you are taking to assure you will not have a sun-sensitizing drug reaction to the medication.

8. If you'll be hiking or camping in an area where ticks are abundant, wear long-sleeved, light-colored shirts and long pants tucked into socks or boots to protect yourself from tick-borne diseases. For your skin, you can use a tick repellent with no more than 30% DEET according to the manufacturer's instructions. Products containing DEET should not be used on children less than 2 months of age and should not be applied to the hands or face of young children. Check yourself and your pets for ticks at the end of the day.