We all know sunshine is one of the greatest parts of spending time outdoors. But it’s important to be aware of the affects sunshine has on all of us. Of course, it puts us in a good mood and brightens our day, but it can be dangerous. July is UV Safety Awareness Month and we have some tips to help you stay sun smart and protect yourself this summer!
You have likely heard about UVA and UVB rays in commercials for sunscreen or news reports on the dangers of the sun. They are the invisible high energy rays that come from the sun. UVA rays affect the deep layer of our skin. They contribute to aging, wrinkles, and skin cancer. These rays can pass through clouds, glass, water, and even clothing. UVB rays affect the surface of the skin and cause us to get sunburns. They are the strongest during the summer so it’s essential to protect ourselves because no one is immune. Now that you know a little more about the sun’s rays, what can you do to protect yourself while outside?
Always Wear Sunglasses – UVA rays can do serious damage to your eyes. Sun damage leads to the development of cataracts and can cause blindness. Always make sure your sunglasses have UVA and UVB protection. It goes without saying, never look directly into the sun!
Lather on Sunscreen – This one seems like a no brainer. Always slather on layers of sunscreen before sun exposure. It’s important to use the recommended amount, a shot glass worth, to achieve the SPF coverage on the bottle. Using less will lead to less coverage and thus less protection. Don’t increase your chances of skin cancer or sunburns by being stingy with the sunscreen!
Drink More Water – Everyone knows their recommended daily intake of water to remain hydrated. During the summer, it’s important to drink even more. It will keep you from getting dehydrated and lessen your chances of getting a heat related illness. Heat related illnesses can get serious fast so it’s important to remain alert with your water consumption while outside.
Avoid Direct Sunlight – The sun’s rays are the strongest between 10am and 2pm. If you can’t avoid going outside during this time, try to avoid being directly in the sun for long periods. Your chance of sunburn can happen within 15 minutes during this time. Don’t think just because there are a couple clouds you’re in the clear. The sun’s rays can penetrate the clouds and still affect your skin.
Wear Protective Clothing – Whether you’re at the beach, on the golf course, or just heading to work, be sure you’re clothing is protective. Always choose breathable fabrics in light colors to avoid overheating. Even though you have clothing to protect you, don’t skip the sunscreen. Like we mentioned previously, the sun’s rays can penetrate clouds and clothes. Take the extra few minutes to ensure your skin is extra safe during the summer months. Always grab a wide-brimmed visor or hat to protect not only your eyes but it will keep you cool
Seek Shade – Of course summer is all about getting outside and enjoying the warm weather. Shade will always be your friend. No matter where you are there will be a shady area for you for enjoy. On the beach? Grab an umbrella to relax under. At the park? Find a nice shady tree to sit under. Eating al fresco? Choose a patio table with an umbrella. It will keep you having fun but protected from even the smallest of sun dangers.
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