Can you believe we are already halfway through the year? July marks America’s independence and is full of fireworks and hot temperatures. Rising temps go hand-in-hand with the sun’s potent and potentially damaging rays. Although July is home to a smaller number of health observances as noted below, the one that sticks out in my mind is UV Safety. Did someone say sunscreen?
- Hemochromatosis Awareness Month
- International Group B Strep Awareness Month
- Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month
- UV Safety Month
Since the skin is the largest organ in our body; protecting us against sunlight, injury, infection, and heat, it makes sense to do what is necessary to preserve and protect it.
Here are some sun-safe tips to keep your skin healthy this summer:
- Wear long sleeves, pants, a broad brimmed hat and sunglasses that wrap around and have at least 99 + UV protection.
- Avoid sunburn, as it can increase your risk of developing skin cancer, by using a broad spectrum sunscreen with both UVA & UVB protection with an SPF of at least 15. Don’t forget to reapply your sunscreen every 2 hours and after sweating or swimming.
- Go for the shade and stay out of the sun between the hours of 10 am – 4 pm when the sun is strongest.
- Use caution near reflective surfaces like water, snow, sand and even building windows. Also, use caution at higher altitudes as there’s less atmosphere to absorb UV radiation.