When summer arrives, and the temperatures increase many of us want nothing more than to stay home and enjoy the air conditioning. Nothing beats the cozy comforts of your home.
However, some welcome the sun with open arms. From sun-bathing to outdoor enthusiasts, many of us can’t get enough of the sun.
Whether you wake up ready to head outside or you only do so as needed to run errands, there’s one thing that is unavoidable when taking in the rays and that’s UV rays.
Most of us know that excessive exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays can increase chances of skin cancer or have other negative effects. However, in today’s hustle and bustle, fast-paced world, more often than not, people forget to put on proper protection against the sun and in the process, expose sensitive skin to harmful UV rays. Some people may also think that a cloudy day protects them. Not true. Ultraviolet rays can carry though basic cloud coverage and still penetrate sensitive skin.
In support of UV Safety Month, below are a few considerations to protect yourself from the sun.
- Cover up with clothing. Choose light layers of light colored clothes to reflect heat. Natural fibers will help you stay cooler, too, versus synthetic materials. Some athletic wear is even rated specifically with ultraviolet protection factors.
- When you’re not covered up, choose a sunscreen based on your outdoor activity. SPF 30 that is water-resistant is a great start when hitting the beach or pool. The higher the number means the greater protection. And don’t be shy about lathering up. Reapply when necessary.
- Stay hydrated. By the time you actually have a thirsty sensation your body is most likely already in the first phase of dehydration. Dehydration occurs even before the thirst is felt so it is important to sip water throughout the day day, even if you don’t specifically feel thirsty.
- Minimize exposure. It may sound obvious, but the less sun exposure you have means the less potential UV exposure you have, too.
The beauty of Washington State’s coast lines and amazing outdoor offerings are quite the lure for outdoor enthusiasts. Enjoy your natural surroundings. We live in a beautiful state. Simply protect your skin while doing so. Enjoy!