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Fun in the Sun: Summer Safety

By Sara Butler

Summer is almost here! You’ve spent most of the winter inside, so it’s natural to want to go out and frolic in the sun. That makes now as good a time as any to review summer sun safety tips to keep you and your family healthy and protected this summer!

The Dangers of the Sun

Ultraviolet rays are the primary cause of skin cancer, and they’re what you get from tanning beds and directly from the sun. Too much exposure to the sun can cause:

  • Skin cancer
  • Sunburn
  • Premature wrinkles
  • Eye damage

Steps for Sun Safety

You need to take precautions in order to protect yourself from the harmful rays of the sun. You should remember to:

  • Slather on the sunscreen - Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen that is at least SPF 30. Reapply every two hours, after swimming, or after sweating.
  • Cover up - When you’re outside, you should wear clothes that protect your skin. Also, think about wearing a hat to protect your head and face, and wear sunglasses to protect your eyes.
  • Get some shade - During the late morning and early afternoon when the sun will be at its most intense, limit your direct exposure to the sun. This time of day is when UV rays are the strongest.
  • Stop tanning - Sunlamps and tanning beds aren’t needed when the sun is out in summer! Plus, both can increase your risk of skin cancer.

The Right Sunscreen

There are a lot of choices when it comes to sunscreen, so the real question is which one is right? The truth is that you should be wearing sunscreen every day of the year, but it’s especially important in the summer. Also, make sure you read the label of the sunscreen you’re buying and look for:

  • Broad spectrum – This type of sunscreen offers protection against UVA and UVB rays. While all sunscreen protects against UVB, you need to make sure you’ve got UVA covered since it’s what contributes to premature aging and skin cancer. So make sure you’re protected!
  • SPF 30 or higher – The SPF number indicates what level of protection you’re getting from UVB rays. The higher the number, the more protection it offers, but not by much. SPF 30 will protect you from 97 percent of UVB rays, while SPF 50 protects you from about 98 percent.

Have fun this summer, but don't forget to protect you and your family from the dangerous rays of the sun!

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


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