Summer officially begins on June 21st and it is only natural that we want to start spending more time outdoors. While sun exposure is an important source of vitamin D, it can be quite harmful if we receive too much of it. The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays are the number one cause of skin cancer and they can lead to sunburn, eye damage, and premature wrinkles. UV rays can also give your skin freckles, rough texture, white spots, and discoloration.
If you plan on spending some time out in the sun this summer, be sure to protect your skin. The American Cancer Society suggests that you:
Cover up– Wear light colored, tightly woven clothes that will cover up as much skin as possible. Also, try wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses that block at least 99% of UV light.
Use sunscreen-Apply a liberal amount of broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen to all areas of exposed skin. Sunscreen should be a SPF of 30 or higher. Be sure to reapply sunscreen every 2 hours as well as after swimming or sweating.
Find Shade-Limit your exposure to the direct sunlight. UV rays are the strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Avoid tanning beds and sunlamps– Both can lead to serious long-term skin damage and contribute to skin cancer.
Happy Summer from Age Well CT!