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Protect Your Face With These Tips

By Brandi Goodman 

Facial Protection Month in April encourages everyone to be aware of their surroundings and careful in everything they do. Your face needs to be protected. A hit to the head or injury to the face can have major consequences. Protect your face with the following tips so you can remain healthy and well.

Wear a Helmet

Many sports require the use of helmets or some sort of head gear so you do not get injured. Whether you're playing football, riding a bike, or even wrestling, you need something hard on your head to protect it. Don't engage in these types of physical activities without protection. One minor hit to the head can lead to concussions, brain injury, and worse.

Wear a Face Shield

Some sports are even more dangerous. You may need a full face shield to keep the most delicate bones guarded against danger. Hockey players come to mind. A puck could cause serious damage anywhere it hits, especially if it's in such a sensitive area. Many hockey helmets come equipped with a clear cover over the eyes and what resembles a metal wire cage over the rest of the face. 

Wear Sunglasses

Your eyes need protection as well. Anytime you'll be outdoors, it's imperative that you wear a pair of sunglasses that can help to shield your eyes from the sun. The harmful UV rays can penetrate the sclera and cornea, causing damage to your eyesight over time. Find a quality pair with UV protection included and skip the cheap versions that still allow sunlight in easily.

Wear a Mouth Guard

Just as your head needs protection during rigorous physical activity, so does your mouth. A tooth can easily be knocked out by a hard hit. The mouth also bleeds very easily and can be damaged quickly by an injury to it. Wear a mouth guard during the most physical sports, such as football, to keep your teeth protected.

Use Sunscreen

Your skin also needs shielding from dangerous side effects. Keep your skin safe from the sun by applying sunscreen anytime you're outside. You may not think you need it on a cloudy day or in cold weather, but sunscreen should always be applied. The sun may not be visible, but it's still there emitting harmful rays that can do more damage than you realize.

During Facial Protection Month, learn about the key ways you can keep your face, mouth, and head protected. Every month thereafter, you now have useful tips to utilize so you can always keep yourself out of harm's way.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Huntsville, Ala.

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