Sunday May 23, 2021
You should protect your skin from the sun throughout the year, no matter the weather. Why? Sun exposure can cause sunburn, aging (such as wrinkles, scarring, or "leather skin"), eye damage, and skin cancer.
By following our top sun safety tips for you and your family, you can minimize the adverse effects of overexposure to the sun. Sunburns, eye damage, premature skin aging, wrinkles, and skin cancer can all be avoided.
Summer means you are spending more time outside. This means you should put more thought into protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays.
The best apparel to wear when outdoors is long-sleeve t-shirts, long pants, and skirts in that have tightly woven fabrics and protect yourself from the sun. Even wearing a t-shirt or beach coverup during the summer may help. There are materials that are light and offer adequate protection from UV rays. Make it a priority to add these fabrics to your wardrobe.
When you are going to be directly in the sun, sunscreen is a must. In general, even on cloudy days, it is recommended (by the FDA) that you use an SPF of 15 or greater.
The sun and UV rays can cause severe eye damage, not to mention it can prematurely age the delicate skin surrounding the eye. We recommend wearing a wide brimmed hat to protect your eyes as well as your face and neck. Wear sunglasses that block UV rays. Wraparound glasses offer the best protection as they will block UV rays coming from all angles.
The rest of your body should not be neglected. Prolonged exposure to the sun can cause dehydration and heat stroke if one is not careful.
Here are some additional tips for staying safe in the sun this summer.
The best time to avoid being sunburned is during midday hours. Remain in the shade and away from water reflection to avoid sunburn. Bear in mind UV rays reach the ground even when it's cloudy.
A person should drink about two liters of water a day, or eight 8oz glasses, during the warmer months. Water is the best way to stay hydrated.
Also, be aware of the sun exposure that is happening to your children as they may not be concerned with the danger or may be too distracted to notice when they are overheated, getting sunburnt, or needing to drink more water.