Staying Safe in the Sun Anytime of Year
By Brandi Goodman
Most people consider sun safety throughout the summer but then forget about the consequences as the cooler weather hits. You should be staying safe in the sun anytime of year, always doing what you can to prevent sunburn and damage. The fall and winter months aren't exempt from sunshine and burns because of it. Continue to practice sun safety the whole year through.
Check the UV Index
Apps and websites are available where you can check the UV index for the day. You can simply search "today's UV index" on Google and you'll be provided with numerous options. Enter your location and see whether it's low, moderate, or high. Moderate to high indications means you should be staying inside if you can or keeping yourself extremely protected if you have to be outdoors during those hours.
Sunscreen isn't just a summer thing. You should be wearing it all year long. The sun can emit harmful rays even from behind the clouds. Be sure to choose a sunblock that's SPF 30 or higher. Lower amounts will wear off sooner and do not protect you as well, though they're still better than nothing.
Choose Tightly-Woven Fabrics
The fabric you wear makes a big difference. Certain fabrics have more space between fibers, allowing sunlight to penetrate through the material and endanger your skin. Choose tightly-woven fabrics that don't allow this to happen as easily. Wool, poplin, broadcloth, twill, and corduroy are some viable options.
Utilize Sunglasses and Hats
Sunglasses protect your eyes from the sun while hats can keep the skin on your face safe. Utilize these accessories anytime you're outside. They're not just for fashion -- they're for keeping you protected.
Find Shady Spots
If you want or need to be outdoors even when the sun is shining brightly, then be sure to find shady spots. Keep track of that UV index and see the best times to seek shade and when it's OK to be out and about. A shaded area will help you avoid some of the sun's rays and reduce your risk.
Staying safe from the sun should always be on your mind. The sun's harmful UV rays can cause a lot more damage than you realize -- far beyond a simple burn. Skin cancer is a serious possibility. Keep yourself safe in the sun anytime of year by keeping these tips in mind.
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