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Take Precautions to Protect Your Health in the Sun

By Tom Herrin

Let’s face it, one of the big perks about living in Texas is that it is warm and sunny a lot of the time.  We can spend plenty of hours in the outdoors. Shorts and short sleeve shirts can be worn most of the time. We complain about a little winter, but it is short and mostly tolerable.  We spend so much time in the sun that we often fail to consider the right kinds of precautions to take. While warm weather is common, skin cancers are as well. Healthy skin is something that many of us take for granted and may forget to take seriously.  There are a few things we can do on a regular basis to protect our health.

Wear Sunscreen

Years ago, the only lotion available for use in the sun was was the old suntan lotion.  It was designed to add some moisture and help promote tanning. Today’s sunscreen is pretty effective.  Using it can help to shield the skin against dangerous UV rays that can do so much damage to the skin. Skin cancers are prevalent in places that experience a lot of direct sunlight.  It is generally suggested that people use it any time they will be spending any period in the sun during the middle of the day and not just in extreme temperatures.

Wear Appropriate Clothes

There are certainly different clothes for different occasions.  While they may not all be stylish, there are different kinds of materials and styles for various uses.  It is best to evaluate the activity that a person will be involved in and dress accordingly for the best results.  They are not a one-size-fits all for every situation.

Hats Are Important

I was not really a hat wearer when I was young.  As I have gotten older, I have seen the wisdom in finding the right kind.  Caps are of little use, in most instances, because they offer no protection for the neck.  Wide brim hats are best, and they are available in all kinds of styles. I prefer a Panama style of hat.  If you see someone in shorts, flip flops, and a Panama hat walking down Sixth Street, go ahead and speak. It may be me out there protecting my health while enjoying the sun and the Austin culture.

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


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