Beachgoers reminded to stay safe under the sun

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PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Whether you're catching rays or splashing in the waves, protecting yourself against the sun isn't something to take lightly. Beachgoers need to make sure they're staying safe.

Sun safety starts before your feet ever even touch the sand. (WJHG/WECP)

"With tattoos, I definitely put 100 SPF, and then I usually keep it between 30 SPF and 50 SPF when I'm spraying it on," Jessica Thompkins, who is visiting from Nashville, said.

"Bring a tent or some type of shading," said Joesph Lopez, who is visiting from New Orleans.

Sun safety starts before your feet touch the sand. That means packing the right gear, from umbrellas to sun-protective clothing to sunscreen.

"You want to make sure you put the sunscreen on at least thirty minutes before you get out in the sun so it has adequate time to absorb and distribute on the skin," Coastal Skin Surgery Dermatologist Dr. David Adams said.

It's important to remember that all sunscreen brands can be washed off in the water, and you are not protected from the sun's rays while swimming either.

Every single part of your body is susceptible to skin cancer. Dr. Adams said if you have a spot on your body that you're unsure about, bring it to the attention of your doctor or dermatologist.

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