Written by Kate Lloyd
Wear Your Sunscreen
You’ve heard it from your mom. You’ve heard it from your swim
coach as a kid. Wearing sunscreen is one of the simplest ways to protect
yourself from the power of the sun. Sunscreen labeled as “broad
spectrum” means it has been approved by the FDA and will protect
you from both UVA and UVB rays. While it is important to purchase an effective
sunscreen, correct application is just as important. Sunscreen should
be reapplied every two hours. However, swimming and sweating may require
reapplication to occur more frequently. Be sure to take your activities
into account when deciding how often you need to re-apply.
Sunglasses: Throw on Those Shades
Did you know that your eyes are just as important to protect from the sun
as your skin? UVA and UVB rays produced by the sun can be extremely damaging
to the human eye. In fact, they can result in cataracts, cancer and even
photokeratitis. To keep your eyes healthy and happy, wear sunglasses that
have UVA and UVB protective lenses. Don't forget that the sun is the
strongest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.! If you are going to be outside during
these times, it is especially important to throw on some shades before
you head out the door.
While sunscreen is effective and protective, it can never hurt to be extra
prepared by wearing hats, rash guards and even using umbrellas while you
are out in the sun. If you plan on being outside all day, especially during
the time when the sun is the strongest, protecting yourself through shade
or extra clothing is always a good idea. Tightly woven fabric will protect
your skin and decrease your chances of getting sunburnt or developing
skin cancer over time.
It is almost inevitable that you and your family will be spending time
in the sun this summer break. Make sure to follow these helpful tips to
ensure your fun isn't ruined by any damage that the sun could possibly cause.