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Tips to Avoid UV Radiation

By Lana Bandoim

UV or ultraviolet radiation comes from the sun and some artificial sources, and it can cause multiple problems. From skin cancer to wrinkles, UV radiation can hurt the body in different ways. Consider the following tips to avoid this type of radiation.

Understand Exposure to UV Radiation

Daily exposure to UV radiation is an ongoing problem because of the sun. Whether you walk to work or garden every weekend, sunlight contains ultraviolet rays. They are called UVA, UVB and UVC rays. Fortunately, UVC rays are absorbed before they reach people on the ground, so you only have to worry about UVA and UVB rays.  

Many people who work do not get a tremendous amount of UV radiation because they spend most of their time indoors. However, they still need to pay attention to the sun while outdoors.

Use Sunscreen

It is important to use sunscreen every day. Not only should people put it on before going to the pool or beach, they should also use it before going outside for any purpose. It does not take long to get sunburns in most parts of the world.

It is also important to apply sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB rays. Check the labels and ingredients before buying any type of sunscreen. Lotions and creams may take more effort to apply, but they last longer than sprays. Also, make sure the sunscreen has a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15. If you plan to be outside for a long period of time, then use a higher SPF.

Change Clothes

Clothes that cover the entire body can protect from the sun, but they are not always convenient and can be uncomfortable in the heat. Try to wear white or lightweight clothes outside. Wear a hat that also provides sun protection.

Avoid Other Sources of UV Radiation

The sun tends to be the most common source of UV radiation for people. However, ultraviolet radiation also comes from tanning beds and some types of lights. Avoid using tanning beds and learn to love your natural skin color.

Some workers are exposed to UV radiation from the equipment they use. Limit or avoid using UV lamps, lasers, arc welding and mercury lamps. Always wear protective clothing and eye goggles to limit exposure from these sources at work.

UV radiation can cause many problems including skin cancer, wrinkles and cataracts. It is important to take precautions and limit exposure to this type of radiation.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Chapel Hill, N.C.

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