Focus On... Staying Safe in the Sun

July 2019

During the hot days of summer, it’s important to protect yourself against the heat and the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. While UV rays make up only a very small portion of the sun’s rays, they are the main cause of the damaging effects on the skin. Some of the damaging effects of prolonged exposure to UV rays are sunburn, skin aging and most severe, skin cancer.

The good news is that these harmful effects can be kept to a minimum by taking small precautions while in the sun. Here are some tips on how you can have fun in the sun while avoiding damaging UV rays this summer:

  • Be sure to wear sunscreen. Using sunscreen is the first defense to protect your skin from the harmful UV rays the sun emits. Sunscreen helps prevent potentially cancerous skin damage and promotes anti-aging. Be sure to keep applying throughout the day to ensure you are being protected!
  • Limit your time in direct sunlight during peak hours. The sun’s rays are most intense from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. so try to limit your time in the sun during these times. If you are planning an outdoor activity, plan it later in the day when the sun isn’t as strong.
  • Accessorize! Wearing a wide-brimmed hat outdoors is a great way to protect your eyes and skin from the sun. If you are sitting by the pool or on the beach, be sure to bring an umbrella to sit under when you need some shade. A full-body cover-up is also a good idea for when your skin needs a break from the sun.

Resources

To learn more about Staying Safe in the Sun, check out the following resources:

 

Choosing the Right Sunscreen (American Cancer Society)

 

More Ways to Stay Safe (World Health Organization)

 

Five Ways the Sun is Aging You and How to Prevent It (Get Old)

 

Keeping Your Eyes Safe From the Sun (Get Healthy, Stay Healthy)

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