With summer coming just around the corner many of us want to get outdoors and enjoy the benefits the sun has to offer including curing winter depression, increasing oxygen content in our blood, building our immune system, and many others. Living in the Sunshine State it is a good reminder for us all to make sure we are protected.
It is important to remember that too much exposure to the sun can also lead to health issues such as:
While we hope you never have to worry about any of these we want to remind you of a few ways to protect you and your loved ones. Here are a few ways to protect yourself from the harmful rays:
Use Sunblock. You will want to use a sunscreen with at least a 30 sun protection factor (SPF) and has the words "broad spectrum" on the label. Make sure and apply the sunscreen at least 15 minutes before going into the sun and again after 80 minutes (more if going in water or sweating excessively).
Dress the part. Wear sunglasses that have UV protection, wear a hat, long-sleeved shirt and pants. Darker clothing with tightly woven fabric will have the most protection.
Shield yourself from direct exposure. Use an umbrella. Be aware of reflective surfaces such as water, cement, and sand since they can increase the chance of sunburn. UV rays are the strongest between 10am-2pm so try and avoid being outside during those hours. Even on cloudy days you are still exposed to the UV rays as they can break through the clouds.
So with these tips please remember that protecting yourself now can help you in the future so take proper precautions but still enjoy the many benefits of the sun. Be safe and have a great summer.