Summer Safety Tips
Too much sun can damage your skin and leave you susceptible to skin cancer, premature aging and cataracts. Learn what to do to protect yourself from the sun's harmful effects.
Overexposure to the sun can cause skin cancer, premature skin aging, cataracts, supression of the immune system and other skin problems like sunburn. By following a few easy steps, you can learn to enjoy your time in the sun without the risk of long-term affects on your skin.
1. Stay in the shade. This is a good way to protect you from the harmful rays of the sun.
2. If you are going out into the sun, make sure that you keep your exposure limited during the hours of 10am-4pm. The sun's rays are strongest during these hours.
3. Slather on the sunscreen. Make sure that the sunscreen is a SPF 15 or above to block UV radiation from the sun. Make sure that all exposed skin is covered and reapply after 2 hours for protection. Just because you are using waterproof sunscreen doesn’t mean that it hasn’t come off due to sweating or lying on a towel.
4. Wear clothes with tight-knits. Remember that loose-fitting long sleeve shirts and pants protect your skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun.
5. Wear sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection will reduce the risk of cataracts and other damage to the eyes that the sun can cause.
6. Don’t believe that tanning beds are safe from UV rays. These sources can cause damage to both the skin and eyes.
7. Wear a wide-brimmed hat. It is a good way to protect your scalp and provides protection to the back of the neck, eyes, ears and face.