It’s natural to want to be outdoors as the weather gets nicer. But with warmer weather comes great risks. We all know overexposure to the sun can result in skin cancer and other skin related issues. What are the risks from over exposure to UV rays? Check out these important facts from the Sun Safety Alliance:
The Dangers of UV Exposure
- You can sunburn even on a cloudy day.
- On average, children get 3 times more exposure than adults. One blistering sunburn can double a child’s lifetime risk of developing skin cancer.
- Concrete, sand, water, and snow reflect 85% to 90% of the sun’s UV rays.
- Depletion of Earth’s ozone continues to increase your exposure to UV rays.
- In some parts of the world, melanoma (the deadliest form of skin cancer) is increasing at rates faster than any other cancer, killing one person every hour.
- More than 1.2 million new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year in the US.
There is nothing wrong with enjoying outdoor activities but we encourage you to follow these sun-safe tips from the Sun Safety Alliance year round to help prevent any skin damage:
- Keep in mind the sun is strongest between 10 am and 4 pm.
- Wear clothing that’s dark and tightly woven.
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
- Remember that UV rays bounce off sand, snow, concrete, and water.
- Do not use sun tanning beds.
- Keep very young children (6 months or less) out of the sun.
- Sunscreens need to be applied liberally and evenly over all exposed areas (including neck, ears and lips).
- Apply a sunscreen with a SPF of 15 or higher whenever you’re outdoors. To achieve adequate UV protection you should use products that provide broad spectrum protection, which means protection against both UVB and UVA rays. For broad spectrum protection, look for products that provide an SPF of at least 15 and contain ingredients like Avobenzone (Parsol 1789) or zinc oxide.
- For children, the SSA recommends sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher.
- Apply sunscreen before going outdoors and reapply often.
- Reapply sunscreen after swimming, perspiring, and toweling off.
- For people with thin or thinning hair, apply sunscreen to the scalp as well.
- And remember stay in the shade whenever possible!
Remember to share these tips with your family and friends.