Posted by: Chelsea Hampton | June 11, 2013

Spending Time Outdoors: Protect Your Skin! (Part II)

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With better weather and warmer days ahead, it’s that fun time of year for heading outdoors and enjoying the sunshine! With all that time spent outdoors, however, the skin is more susceptible to damage from UV rays and risk for skin cancer can increase. Fortunately, protecting one’s skin is fairly easy, so read on for tips to prevent sun damage throughout this sunny season!

 

  • If possible, avoid UV exposure during the sun’s peak hours, which are typically between 10:00am – 4:00pm.
  • When spending time outdoors, always apply sunscreen/sunblock. Be sure to read labels for safety and look for products that protect against both UVA and UVB rays.
  • It is recommended that sunscreen/sunblock be applied 30 minutes before heading outdoors, and reapplied every two hours while outside.
  • A sunscreen/sunblock with at least SPF 30 is recommended. 
  • Wear protective clothing that limits skin exposure with tightly woven fabric whenever possible.
  • Don’t forget an SPF lip balm, sunglasses, and some type of hat!
  • Avoid tanning beds, as they can significantly increase one’s risk of developing skin cancer.

 

Information obtained and adapted from the following sources:

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. IHealth: BIDMC’s Health Notes: Summer Health: Summer Wellness: Skin Protection Tips. http://www.bidmc.org/YourHealth/HealthNotes/SummerHealth/SummerWellness/SkinProtectionTips.aspx.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            -Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Skin Cancer: Prevention. http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/basic_info/prevention.htm.                                                                                                                                 -American Cancer Society®. Learn About Cancer: Skin Cancer Facts. http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancercauses/sunanduvexposure/skin-cancer-facts.   

 

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website or call toll-free at 866-395-4986.

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