Protect Your Skin from the Sun’s Harmful Rays

Provided by The Pulse – Health and Wellness Resource Center

It’s summer! So naturally, we’re all getting outside more and soaking in all of summer’s accoutrements. It’s therefore an ideal time for a primer on protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays, especially since July is Sun Safety Month.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers the following protective tips:

  • Be cautious about the amount of time you spend exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays during the time of day when they are most hazardous (between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.)
  • Wear long sleeves and pants to protect exposed skin
  • Wear a wide brimmed hat to provide shade
  • Wear wrap-around sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays
  • Wear sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 15 and that indicates it blocks both UVA and UVB rays

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration offers its own sun protection tips including a reminder to check the labels of any medications you’re taking because certain medications and topical treatments can make your skin more vulnerable to the sun’s UV rays.

The American Academy of Dermatology’s (AAD) Be Sun Smart® campaign seeks to educate people on how to protect their skin and their overall health from UV rays. Among the AAD’s tips are the following:

  • Use extra caution near snow, water and sand, which can reflect and intensify the sun’s damaging rays and increase chances of sunburn
  • Check your birthday suit on your birthday, meaning look for any marks on your body that might be changing, growing or bleeding. If you find anything suspicious, see your dermatologist for an assessment

The Prevent Cancer Foundation created the following short video with five tips on skin protection.

Summer is in full swing, and it can be enjoyed to the fullest while still protecting your skin.


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