Safety Tips: How to Protect Yourself from Ultraviolet Radiation

Summer is such a fun time to enjoy drinks by the pool and time with family, but it is also a time of harsh sunlight. Enjoying the free time outside is fun but may cause you or your family to receive too much ultraviolet radiation. Overexposure to the sun can damage your skin and can cause premature aging, wrinkles, uneven skin tone and skin cancer. Avoid the harmful UV rays and stay safe in the sun with these tips.

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Use Products with SPF

There are many options for protecting your skin with sunscreen. Aim to use a sunscreen with at least SPF 30. Experts say that selecting a broad spectrum sunscreen is crucial as it protects from both UVA and UVB rays. UVB refers to the sun’s radiation that creates sunburn or skin burning. UVA refers to the radiation that causes skin damage, aging and skin cancer. Did you know more than just sunscreen can contain SPF? Consider making the switch to makeup with SPF to protect your skin on a daily basis.

Use Sunglasses

It’s very important to not only protect your skin but your eyes as well. The sun can penetrate your eyes and can damage the eyelids, the corneas, lenses and more. While many buy sunglasses for the style aspect, be sure to keep in mind function. Buy sunglasses with UV protection and with OHSA label with at least 99 to 100 percent of protection.

Wear Protective Clothing

This type of clothing can be very beneficial to protecting your skin. It can minimize the penetration of UV rays. Keep in mind that not all clothes can protect from UV rays, even if you layer. Try to find clothes that have specific UV protection on their labels.

Avoid Peak Hours

Try to limit your outdoor time as much as possible between the hours of 10 am to 4 pm. This is when the UV rays are at its strongest. If you must be out during this time, be sure to utilize all the tips listed above!

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