Don’t get burned by the summer sun

July 2019

Ah, summertime. Time to enjoy more daylight in the evenings, vegetables fresh from the garden, and sunshine.

Now, about that sunshine.

It’s true that you can get a sunburn any time of year, but it’s especially true in the summer. That’s because the sun’s UV emissions are most intense during the warmer months. Also, we’re spending more time outside with fewer layers of clothing, so those UV rays have more “real estate” on which to wreak havoc.

What are ways you can protect yourself while enjoying all that summer has to offer?

Wear sunscreen

According to The Centers for Disease Control, your sunscreen should be broad spectrum and at least SPF 15. Always apply sunscreen before you go outside, even when it’s cloudy or cool, and reapply every two hours and after swimming or sweating. And check the expiration date.

Wear sunglasses

Most sunglasses sold in the U.S. meet the requirements of blocking UVA and UVB rays. They also help reduce the risk of developing cataracts, and they protect that vulnerable skin around your eyes.

Wear a hat

Choose a hat made with tightly woven material, such as canvas. Straw hats have holes through which light can penetrate. Make sure your hat’s brim shades your face, ears and the back of your neck. If you’re wearing a baseball cap, apply sunscreen to the back of your neck and your ears.

Made in the shade

Shade is the ultimate protection outside! Still, make sure you’re wearing sunscreen or protective clothing, even in the shade.

 


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