July is UV Safety Month, and we want to remind you of important safety measures you should take to prevent UV damage. UV safety refers to the measures and precautions taken to protect oneself from the harmful effects of ultraviolet (UV) radiation. UV radiation comes from the sun and can also be emitted by artificial sources like tanning beds. While some exposure to sunlight is important for vitamin D synthesis and overall well-being, overexposure to UV radiation can have detrimental effects on the skin, eyes, and overall health. Take the following UV safety precautions:
Limit sun exposure: Seek shade, especially during peak hours when the sun is strongest (usually between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.).
Wear protective clothing: Cover exposed skin with clothing, such as long-sleeved shirts, pants, wide-brimmed hats, and sunglasses with UV protection.
Use sunscreen: Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF (30 or higher) to exposed skin and reapply every two hours or more frequently if sweating or swimming.
Avoid tanning beds: Tanning beds emit concentrated UV radiation and can increase the risk of skin damage and skin cancer.
Check the UV index: Be aware of the UV index, a measure of UV intensity, and plan outdoor activities accordingly. Take extra precautions when the UV index is high.
Protect your eyes: Wear sunglasses that block 100% of UVA and UVB rays to protect your eyes from UV radiation.
Perform regular skin checks: Examine your skin regularly for any changes in moles, freckles, or other spots. Consult a healthcare professional if you notice any suspicious growths or changes.
It's important to prioritize UV safety to reduce the risk of sunburn, premature skin aging, eye damage, and skin cancer.
Skin Cancer Foundation: https://www.skincancer.org/
American Academy of Dermatology: https://www.aad.org/
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/index.htm
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): https://www.epa.gov/sunsafety
World Health Organization (WHO): https://www.who.int/uv/en/