Summer is here, If you’re getting ready for a summer of fun in the sun, it’s important to remember that your skin is your body’s largest organ. It’s also your body’s first line of defense against damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun. Excessive exposure to UV rays can cause sunburn and damage your skin, increasing your risk for skin cancer and premature skin aging. UV rays can also damage clothing, so it is important to wear protective clothing and use sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or higher.
Summer is also the time for sun safety. Sun safety is important year-round, but especially when our skin is exposed to the sun for longer periods. It’s vital to follow a few simple tips during the summer months to avoid sunburn and skin damage. This is the time of year when we are outside the most. Sunlight is stronger in the summer, so it’s important to take precautions to avoid overexposure. Sunscreen, sunglasses, and sun-protective clothing are important to have on hand when you’re spending time outside.
In the summer months, we are blessed with longer days, sunshine, and warm temperatures. But, we should not overlook the dangers of the sun and the risks of sun exposure. August is designated as Summer Sun Safety Month, and it’s important to take proper precautions to avoid sunburn, sunstroke, and other summer sun-related illnesses.