During the summer we tend to spend more time outside, and rightfully so! Whether barbecuing, swimming or just enjoying some fresh air on a beautiful day, its important to make sure you’re protected from over-exposure to the sun.
Beyond the temporary damage of a painful sunburn, too much sun can cause skin cancer, including melanoma, as well as premature signs of aging such as wrinkles.
Here are a few helpful tips to protect your skin as provided by the CDC:
- Use sunscreen with sun protective factor (SPF) 15 or higher, and both UVA and UVB protection. ·
- Sunscreen wears off. Put it on again if you stay out in the sun for more than two hours, and after you go in the water.
- Wear clothing to protect exposed skin.
- Loose‐fitting long‐sleeved shirts and long pants made from tightly woven fabric offer the best protection from the sun’s UV rays.
- Wear a hat with a wide brim to shade your face, head, ears, and neck.
- Sunglasses protect your eyes from UV rays and reduce the risk of cataracts.
- Seek shade, especially during midday hours, 10 am – 4 pm.
- You can reduce your risk of skin damage and skin cancer by seeking shade under an umbrella, tree, or other shelter.
- Keep children under 6 months or less out of the sun.
- Do not use sun tanning beds.
- Even when you are not in the direct sun remember that UV rays bounce off water, sand and concrete, so always take precaution.
By following these helpful tips you can minimize some of the hazards of too much sun and optimize the benefits. Enjoying the outdoors during the summer helps you soak up plenty of Vitamin D to maintain healthy bones and teeth and protect against multiple diseases.