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Let the Sun Shine in With Protection

By Tom Herrin

Warm temperatures bring about a lot of things.  People have a greater desire to be outdoors engaged in either work or play.  When this sudden warming encourages a change in surroundings, people may fail to remember to take precautions that should be taken with such an increase in sun exposure.  Spending time in the sun, whether the temperatures are warm or cool, can be enjoyable and productive, but people need to take simple measures to ensure that their experience is a good one and that no bad aftereffects take a toll later.

Sunscreen Should Be a Part of Routine

It is important to form good habits.  One of those when spending much time in the sun is to apply sunscreen during those times of the day when the sun is the most threatening to health.  The sunscreens that are on the market are pretty good and effective. For those who are younger or have sensitive skin, there are some powerful products that can provide a fairly high level of protection.

Use Shade Wisely

Most people who lived through times in which little air conditioning was available had pretty good senses about dealing with the sun.  They often used shade to their advantage. Knowing how and when to use shade can make a tremendous difference in protecting people from heat and sunlight.  Many workers try to move with the sun. They will work in one place in the morning and another in the afternoon, shifting to whichever location has adequate shade.  It can help to effectively protect them from the sun.

A Good Hat Should Be a Constant Companion

Some people like hats, others don’t much care for them.  When I was younger, I was one of those who never wore one.  As I have aged, I have realized that a good hat can keep me cooler as well as provide some shade and protection from the sun.  After having a few skin cancers, I try to wear one anytime I go outside. Caps can shade your eyes but not protect your neck. My personal preference is a Panama hat.  They have wide brims and are usually made of straw or some material that allows air movement. Whichever kind you choose, wear one as often as possible when you are in the sun.  It may protect your health and your life.

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


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