July is Ultraviolet safety Awareness Month

Ultraviolet Safety Month is about raising awareness of the dangers of exposure to ultraviolet rays without protection. 

Summer vacation season is in full swing, and it’s when people spend more time outside, so it’s essential to spread the word about the harmful effects of ultraviolet rays. You can’t see ultraviolet rays with your eyes, but your skin can feel them. We all need vitamin D, which is the benefit of the sun, but it’s vital to stay protected by wearing an SPF daily. Most people believe that a tan is a sign of good health, but your skin gets damaged from sun tanning. 

How do ultraviolet rays impact the skin?

Repeated exposure to harmful ultraviolet rays can damage the skin in many ways. Here are some of the most impactful:

Skin cancer

UV rays have the power to damage the DNA in skin cells. UV light radiation sneaks up on us. Our skin cells can repair damage to a point, but cancers can develop on the skin after continued exposure and injury. These skin cancers include melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma. 

Premature accelerated aging in the skin

Cumulative damage from the ultraviolet rays on the skin can result in premature wrinkles, sagging, rough textured skin, age spots, sun damage, loss of elasticity, and thickened skin. 

Sunburns

A sunburn is a damage to the skin caused by ultraviolet rays and your body’s way of repairing the damage caused by ultraviolet rays. Sunburns can happen quickly and take time to heal. Sunburns increase your risk of developing skin cancer. 

Additional effects of too much sun exposure

Sun poisoning, dehydration, and skin blistering, flu-like symptoms. 

How to spend time in the sun without damaging your skin?

Limit the amount of time you spend in the sun. If you are planning a trip to the beach, Instead of spending an entire day at the beach, try going in the morning or late afternoon to avoid spending time in the sun during peak hours like 11-4. 

Wear broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least an SPF30 every day. Make sure to reapply sunscreen if you must be out for an extended period. 

Bring umbrellas or canopies to the park or beach that you can sit under to get out of the sun. Wear a baseball cap, wide-brimmed hat, or even protective clothing. 

UV Safety and Chlderen

Babies under six months need to stay out of direct sunlight. It’s essential to protect their eyes by wearing sunglasses or goggles. They need to stay under an umbrella or canopy. 

Babies over six months need to wear sunscreen for infants, but all the other precautions should stay in place. 

Other options to consider are purchasing sun-protective clothing that states that on the clothing label. 

Final thoughts

It’s important to note that you are at risk of getting a sunburn, whatever skin color you are. We all need to take precautions against ultraviolet exposure. 

Recommendations

From Glymedplus:

Hydrating Protection Gel with SPF 30

It’s an ultra-light, water-based UVA/UVB broad-spectrum formula. 

Have questions? I’m here to help! 

Teresa

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