Protect yourself while having fun in the sun

Also protect your eyes from sun damage and sunburn by wearing sunglasses with UVA and UVB light protection. – MDA

  • The summer temperatures have hit all new highs for the year this past week, with little relief from breezes or rain. Just like in winter, people need to be careful outside, but a lot of people aren’t as conscious of protecting themselves in the summer since they’re usually having a lot of fun in the sun, rather than trying to shovel the snow off their sidewalks as quickly as possible to get back inside.
    And with so much more literal daylight in each day, people are able to stay outside for far longer than they do in the any other season, so just remember to protect yourself from both the sun’s rays and its temperatures.
    According to about 90 percent of non-melanoma skin cancers and about 86 percent of melanomas are associated with exposure to the sun’s UV radiation.
    Daily use of a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 is recommended to combat damage to the skin. Even beyond the summer months, using a light sunscreen on exposed skin can be very helpful in protecting yourself.
    Special protection should also be given to your eyes. Sun damage can cause cancers in the skin around the eyes but can also lead to vision loss from things like cataracts and macular degeneration. For the best protection, recommends wearing sunglasses that block 99-100 percent of both UVA and UVB light anytime you go outside, not just during the summer.
    Wearing a hat with a brim and making sure to rest in the shade, especially during late morning and early afternoon, when the sun is the harshest, is recommended. Hats also help protect the scalp, and the tops of the ears and back of the neck, where people either often forget to put sunscreen, or have a hard time putting sunscreen. Clothing is the first defense against the sun though. Covering more skin with long sleeved shirts and pants is recommended as fabrics can absorb the sun’s UV radiation. Most people like to wear as little as possible during the hot summer days, but there are light weight fabrics that can be comfortable in the higher temperatures….
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  • Source: Daily Iowegian