Summertime and the livin’s easy! The summer season has returned and with it comes beach days, island getaways and backyard barbecues. With all this fun in the sun, its easy to forget the potential danger the sun’s Ultraviolet (UV) rays possess. That’s why we’re giving you a friendly reminder with these 5 sun safety tips to ensure you have a safe summer season:
1. Apply Sunscreen
The warmth of the sun in enjoyed by many, but unseen to human eye are harmful UV rays ready to cause your skin some seriously painful sunburn. Take a minute to apply sunscreen before going outside (SPF 15 of higher preferred.) Make sure you add a thick layer on areas you know will be exposed and ask a friend or family member for help on those hard to reach places. It’s quick, easy, protects your skin and has a pleasant smell to it too!
2. Wear Sunglasses
Ultraviolet radiation is one of the main causes of cataracts. If you don’t already have a nice pair of shades, now’s the time to pick them up. Head to your local convenience store or sunglasses shop and look for sunglasses that block 100% of UV rays. Big or “wraparound” sunglasses offer the best protection (and they’ll make you look pretty cool too!)
3. Bring an Umbrella
Whether you’re off to the park, the beach or just hanging out in your backyard, it’s always a great idea to bring a little shade with you. When the dog days of summer get to be blistering hot, seek shelter under the shade of an umbrella (or nearby tree.) The shade not only offers sun safety, but also makes those super humid days a little more enjoyable.
4. Wear a Summer Hat
Take your shade with you this season with a big summer hat. Aside from being stylish, hats with a big brim will protect your face, ears, neck and scalp. Find a hat that fits your style, you can always try on something fun like a cowboy hat. One summer I wore a sombrero to the beach all season (true story) and it was a smash hit among friends and family.
5. Dress for Sun Safety
Not all sunburn happens at the beach or park. As long as the UV rays are strong enough, sunburn can happen at any place and time. Make sure to dress for the hot sun when spending the day outside, not just for places your are expecting to get your tan on. This includes wearing a light long sleeve shirt and pants. Tightly-woven fabrics offer the best protection against harmful UV rays.
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