Summer is here and in full swing! With the temperatures rising and the sun shining, Premier Home Health Care wants to remind everyone that July is UV Safety Awareness Month. Before you pack up your coolers for the beach, lake or neighborhood BBQ, here are a few ways to minimize the risks that come from UV ray exposure.
Ultraviolet (UV) rays are an invisible kind of radiation produced by the sun, sunlamps and tanning beds. UV rays can penetrate through the skin and change skin cells. There are two types of UV rays that can cause eye and skin damage, UV-A and UV-B rays.
UV-B rays have short wavelengths that can reach outer layers of skin
UV-A rays have longer wavelengths that can penetrate the middle layers of skin
By educating yourself on ways to decrease your UV ray exposure you will be able to protect you and your family so that everyone can enjoy the great outdoors and sun this summer. Here are four ways to help you and your loved ones:
According to the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention, the majority of people apply only 25-50 percent of the recommended amount of sunscreen. It is important to reapply every 2 hours or sooner if you are swimming or sweating – even if the sunscreen is waterproof.