With the warm weather in full swing, what better time to bring awareness to sun safety? UV radiation is the main cause of skin cancer. UV rays can also damage your eyes. This time of year is especially important to spread awareness about the damage ultraviolet rays can cause and how to prevent it.
For most of us, it is inevitable that we are going to have many sun-soaked days throughout the summer months. The key is to minimize the effects of UV rays as best we can while we are outside.
First things first. Wear your sunscreen! There is no excuse for this one. Just wear it. Try to use an SPF of 15 or higher and remember to re-apply for those extended beach stays.
PRO TIP: Avoid sunscreens with harmful ingredients such as parabens (disrupt hormone function) or things like oxybenzone (an endocrine disruptor). The EWG (Environmental Working Group) has a great list of safe sunscreens for any budget.
Protect Your Eyes
Just as your skin can feel the affects of the sun, so can your eyes. It is important to wear sunglasses that will protect your eyes. Polarized sunglasses may cost a little extra, but they are worth every penny, protecting your eyes from the harm of ultraviolet rays.
Know The Sun’s Strength
Be aware of the time of day when you are out in the sun. The sun is stronger during the mid-day hours and can cause more damage in a shorter amount of time.
Know Your Risk Factors
Skin cancer can affect anyone, but there are factors that can put you at a greater risk.
- lighter skin with freckles
- blonde or red hair
- blue or green eyes
- history of sunburns
- excessive sun exposure (especially if skin isn’t protected by sunscreen or clothing)
Trust me, I am all for a long day at the beach or pool-side! Just be sure to protect your skin while you are doing it.