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Sun Safety Tips to Remember

By Brandi Goodman  

The sun isn't distinctive of summer. It continues to shine all year long. Though its rays may beam down hotter during the summer months, you can be affected by its harmful UVs anytime you're outdoors. With some sun safety tips to remember, you should be better able to ward off the harmful effects whenever you're outside.

Avoid Resting Your Arm Out the Car Window

You may not even realize how harmful this can be, but resting your arm out the car window is actually a serious cause for concern. You won't just be getting an uneven tan. You're allowing the sun's rays to beat down on your skin. Avoid placing your arm here while driving or riding passenger so you don't allow your arm to take all of the heat.

Wear Sun-Safe Clothing

Sun-safe clothing that protects you from harm is best. You should be choosing these options anytime you'll be driving for long periods or outside in the sun for a while. Glossy fabrics and colors that deflect rays are helpful. You should also be washing new clothes at least a few times to help shrink the fibers and provide more protection from the sun's rays getting through. Denim and polyester are two clothing materials that work well for keeping you sun safe.

Wear Sunglasses

Your skin isn't all that gets affected by the sun. Your eyes can be harmed as well -- particularly if you're looking directly at the sun. Be sure to wear sunglasses anytime you're outside, whether the sun is shining brightly or not. It will protect your vision.

Apply Sunscreen Regularly

Sunscreen isn't just for summer. You should be wearing it anytime you're outside -- no matter the time of year. You also need to be sure you're applying it regularly. Don't put it on once and think you're safe for the entire day. You need to apply some again and again, as long as you're outside and sweating it off.

Limit Your Sun Exposure

The sun is most prevalent during a particular time of day. You should avoid being outside if you can during these hours. Typically, you'll feel the strongest rays during the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. You should go out early morning or in the evening to avoid the extent of the harm. 

Keep these sun safety tips in mind all year-round and protect yourself the best way you can. The sun shining may be nice to see, but its harmful UV rays can have more of an impact on your health than you might think. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in St. Petersburg, Fla.

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