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Practice Sun Safety Following UV Safety Month

By Brandi Swieter 

The sun has harmful UV rays that can easily damage the skin. Cancer is even possible due to the detrimental effects these rays can bring. July was set as UV Safety Month an in attempt to bring more awareness to the dangers of UV. Every month following, people should be sure to follow the safety advice and protect themselves now and in the future.

Wear Sunscreen

One of the best things a person can do when heading outdoors is to wear sunscreen. A sunscreen that protects from both UVA and UVB rays is best. An option that moisturizes the skin is also beneficial. A hypoallergenic, paraben-free, gluten-free choice works well for those with sensitive skin or who are usually allergic to products with these ingredients included.

Wear Sunglasses

The eyes can be affected by UV rays as well as the skin. For this reason, it’s imperative that people wear sunglasses anytime they will be exposed to the sun. Those who wear regular glasses can even have a special pair ordered that tints further as the sunlight strengthens. This will protect their eyes from the sun as well.

Wear a Hat

Even with sunscreen on the body and sunglasses on the face, the sun can still do harm to the scalp if it isn’t protected. Wearing a hat is the best way to protect the scalp from getting burned. This is especially true for those with little to no hair blocking the sun.

Limit Sun Exposure

It may seem like a great idea to be outside for hours enjoying the sun, but it truly isn’t safe to do so. Even with other safety precautions taken, people should do their best to limit their sun exposure and get into some shade as often as possible. A shaded spot, perhaps under a tree, will help to eliminate exposure to the sun while also working to keep a person cool.

Check the UV Index

Before heading outside, be sure to check the UV index. It’s possible to look online or download a special app that allows you to see exactly what the index is at the present time. Search for a particular geographic location to see what it is in your area. Any number above 5 is high and should be avoided when possible. A 6 or 7 is high but manageable, but anything above that is far too high to be out in.

UV safety is an important subject to consider. People of all ages and all skin types can be affected by UV rays if they do not practice safety measures to protect against them. Visit The Joint Chiropractic to receive more advice on how to protect yourself from the sun and stay healthy.

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

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