Tips to protect yourself from the sun this summer
We all love to catch some rays during the summer, but it is important to protect yourself from overexposure to UV rays. UV rays can lead to damage of the skin and eyes if we do not protect ourselves. Here are a few tips to stay safe this summer.
Protect your skin
Overexposure to UV rays can lead to sunburn, skin cancer and early skin aging. There are many things we can do to protect ourselves from harmful UV rays.
- Limit time in sun between 10:00am - 4:00pm when the sun's rays are most intense
- Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a SPF of 15 or greater (FDA recommends 15
SPF or greater even on cloudy days)
- Cover skin with clothing when possible and wear hats
- Read sunscreen directions to ensure you apply it correctly
You must still monitor your time in the sun even when using these tips as we can still damage our skin from over exposure. High risk individuals should take extra precautions in the sun to reduce the chance of skin damage.
High risk individuals are those who have:
- pale skin
- blond, red, or light brown hair
- been treated for skin cancer
- a family member who has had skin cancer
Protect your Eyes
Often overlooked but very important is to protect your eyes when exposed to UV Rays. UV rays can increase the risk of developing cataracts, macular degeneration, and growths on the eye including cancer. The use of sunglasses and proper eye protection can help reduce the risk of eye damage.
- Look for sunglasses that protect 100% from UV rays (Darkness or price does not guarantee this protection)
- Wraparound sunglasses offer best protection
- Wear a hat with large brim
- Never look directly into the sun
- Don't be fooled by clouds UV rays still penetrate through clouds