Summer is almost here and when the rain finally stops, the sun will be out in force. Getting out in the sun is important for staying healthy, but too much sun can be dangerous. UV rays from the sun can not only cause sun burn, but skin cancer as well. Therefore, controlling exposure to these rays is essential in staying healthy and enjoying summer. Here are a few tips to keep the sun from getting you down.
Check skin regularly. Be aware of changes in size or shape of any moles, blemishes, or a sore that doesn't heal. See your doctor immediately if you notice something.
Avoid sunlamps and tanning booths. These lamps emit direct UVA and UVB rays that can cause skin damage and cancer cells.
Use at least 15 SPF sunscreen. This will block out 93% of burning UV rays.
Limit direct exposure at midday. The sun is at its peak intensity from 10am - 4pm. Avoid direct exposure if possible during this time.
Cover up. Wear clothing to protect skin as much as possible. Dark colors and tight woven fabrics are best.
Wear a hat. Hats can protect your face, neck, eyes, ears, and nose from sun damage.
Wear UV blocking sunglasses. Your eyes can be damaged by sun just like your skin. Sunglasses should not only make it easier to see, but block out UV rays as well.
A bad sun burn will keep you inside and hurting for a few days, but can also lead to more major problems down the road. Stay safe and keep enjoying the summer!