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Sun Safety

Sun Safety

Ultraviolet (UV) rays are part of our atmosphere and can damage the DNA of our skin. Two types of UV rays are UVA and UVB. These rays can create a tanned look, as well as cause sunburn or skin redness, eye damage, premature wrinkling, premature aging, and skin cancer. Skin damage from UV rays is cumulative over your lifetime. Unless you take steps to protect yourself, it will only get worse and cannot be reversed. Research shows that up to 80% of visible skin changes attributed to aging are caused by the sun.


OSU Extension offers DermaScan skin viewings to raise awareness of the skin damage caused by the sun. These scans are accompanied with easy-to-follow recommendations for protecting your skin from UV rays. Our Educators also offer interactive lessons and educational resources on protecting your skin, targeted at both adult and youth audiences.

While it’s nice to get out and enjoy the sunshine, be sure to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Our state-wide Sun Safety team has created a tri-fold brochure that outlines 8 tips to protect your skin and eyes from the sun. Click here to see the brochure.

OhioLine Resources

County Educators Teaching Sun Safety

County Educator Email
Belmont Lorrissa Dunfee
Butler Heather Reister
Carroll Corinna Gromley
Clark  Kathy Tutt
Clermont Margaret Jenkins
Franklin/OSU Campus Dee Jepsen
Greene Brenda Sandman-Stover
Hancock Jennifer Little
Holmes Kate Shumaker
Licking Shari Gallup
Lucas Patrice Powers-Barker
Morrow Candace Heer
Ottawa Katie Schlagheck
Ross Lisa Barlage
Sandusky Katie Schlagheck
Scioto Treva Williams
Washington Amanda Bohlen
Warren Laura Stanton
Wayne Melinda Hill
Wood Susan Zies

*DermaScans are not intended to serve as a diagnosis for skin cancer. Instead, they are designed to help raise awareness of the importance of skin safety.