July Is UV Safety Month
Protecting your skin from weather elements
such as heat, cold, and sunlight is something
you probably do instinctively. However, many
people don’t think about protecting their skin
from harmful ultraviolet rays that come from
the sun and from indoor tanning bed lamps.
More than 1.2 million new cases of skin
cancer are diagnosed each year in the United
States due to overexposure to powerful UV
rays. But, did you know when your skin is
frequently exposed to ultraviolet rays; it can
cause many complications other than skin
cancer? Age spots, hyperpigmentation,
wrinkles, and leathery skin are just some of
the problems repeated UV exposure can cause.
There are simple steps you can take every
day to protect your skin.
Seek Shady Areas: Stay out of the sun
during peak sunlight hours, which are from 10
am to 4 pm as noted by the Centers for Disease
Control (CDC). If you’re unable to find a
shady area, try to limit your sun exposure as
much as possible or stay indoors.
Wear Protective Clothing: Long sleeved
shirts and pants are good ways to cover your
skin. It’s very important to protect your head
and eyes by wearing wide brimmed hats and
sunglasses that are UV-resistant. Remember to
protect your skin even on overcast days.
Avoid The Burn: Believe it or not,
approximately 2.1 percent of men and women
will be diagnosed with melanoma of the skin at
some point during their lifetime. This risk
increases with each sunburn. By using a broad
spectrum sunscreen with a SPF of 15 or higher
every time you’re outdoors, you can avoid
sunburns and prevent irreversible damage to
Use Caution Near Reflective Surfaces:
Water, sand and large windows can reflect and
amplify the sun’s harmful rays, which can
increase your risk of sunburn, even when
you’re in the shade.
Although summertime is when most people
become aware of protecting their skin from
harmful UV rays, it’s smart and healthy to
practice preventative outdoor skin care
year-round. Need more information? Consult
with Glam Spa to find out more about UV skin