Summer has arrived and the sun is shining bright, July is National UV Safety Awareness Month and all of us at Tanana Chiefs Conference want to provide you with some great educational materials that could SAVE YOUR LIFE. Understanding UV safety and how to protect your skin and eyes is incredibly important.
If you are worried about your skin or want to know more about the damaging effects of the sun, make an appointment with your provider.
What can unprotected sun exposure do?
There are many harmful things that unprotected sun exposure can do. The sun emits radiation known as Ultraviolet-A (UV-A) and Ultraviolet-B (UV-B) rays. Both types can damage your skin and eyes. UV-B rays have short wavelengths that reach the outer layer of your skins. While UV-A rays have longer wavelengths that can penetrate the middle layer of your skin.
- Cause vision problems and damage to your eyes
- Suppression of the immune system
- Premature aging of the skin
- Skin cancer
Minimize Your Risk
Cover Up. Wearing a hat or other shade-protective clothing can partly shield your skin from harmful effects of UV ray exposure. For eye protection, be sure to wear sunglasses.
Stay in the Shade. The sun’s glare is most intense at midday. The sun can still damage your skin on cloudy days or in the winter. For this reason, it is important to stay protected throughout the year.
Choose the Right Sunscreen. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) new regulations for sunscreen labeling recommend that your sunscreen have a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15, and should protect against both UV-A and UV-B rays.
Use the Right Amount of Sunscreen. When out in the sun, it’s important that you apply at least one ounce (a palmful) of sunscreen every two hours. You should apply it more often if you are sweating or swimming, even if the sunscreen is waterproof.