What to Know for UV Safety Month

We’re coming up on UV Safety Month here soon! Ultraviolet (UV) radiation can pose a serious problem to your health over the long run. Emitted from the sun, UV rays might feel good while you’re sitting out by the pool now. Unfortunately, they can cause some real health issues both now and later in life. It only takes a few sunburns to up your risk for melanoma. It also likely helps cause cataracts in your eyes. Thankfully, staying safe in the sun takes a few basic steps. Make sure you have a plan in place for yourself and your family this summer!

Be Aware

Just because you’re not going out for a full day hike doesn’t mean you’re not being exposed to UV radiation each day. Pulling weeds in the garden? Walking your dog? Washing your car in the driveway? Taking a stroll on an overcast day? Each of these could be significant sources of UV rays. Take precautions appropriately.

Get Informed On Sunscreen

Not all sunscreens are made equal. The most obvious differences are their ‘SPF’ or their rating for protection levels. Keep in mind that sunscreen alone may not be enough to protect you depending on your environment and what you’re using. Most sunscreens need to be reapplied every hour or so as well. They’re not all waterproof or sweatproof, and those that are need time to sit on the skin before you dive in. Many people suffer from breakouts with certain types of sunscreen, especially those that aren’t specially formatted for the face. While this is certainly not the end of the world, it may make it harder to have good sunscreen habits if the products you’re using tend to cause you discomfort.

Physical Barriers

The best way to protect your skin when you’re out and about is with physical barriers. That includes clothing and hats that cover your face (no backward baseball caps!). There’s a reason people with certain hobbies like snorkeling prefer to wear a full skin suit. You’ll be able to avoid all those uncomfortable and unhealthy sunburns. Lightweight materials that are specially made for the summer heat mean that you don’t have to be sweating buckets, either. That’s also true for activities like running and cycling. Last but not least, don’t forget your eye protection! Sunglasses are more than just a fashion statement, they’re a great way to protect your eyes.

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