What You Need to Know About UV Safety

UV Safety Tips

Protect your skin from year-round harmful sunlight.

With the temperatures continuing to reach high numbers during the day, it becomes ever important to ensure that you are safe throughout the summer and beyond. The need to protect your skin has become very clear over recent years as several studies indicate overexposure could cause skin cancer. The sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays from both the sun and indoor tanning lamps can cause many other complications besides skin cancer (eye issues, a weakened immune system, age spots, wrinkles, and leathery skin).

Luckily, there are simple, everyday steps to take to safeguard your skin from the harmful effects of UV radiation. Read on to get started!

Wear proper clothing. Opt to wear clothing that will protect you from the harmful ultraviolet radiation, such as long-sleeved shirts and pants. Remember to protect your face with a hat and UV-resistant sunglasses. Even on a cloudy day, you can fall victim to sun damage, so dress accordingly all year round!

Don’t get burnt. Sunburns dramatically increase the risk of developing skin cancer. Plan ahead and ensure that you have the necessary protection (shade, sunscreen, clothes) to avoid getting burnt.

Stay out of the sun. If possible, avoid going outside during the peak burning hours, typically 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. During this time, head for the shade, or cover up your skin as much as possible if you are out in the sun.

Use correct sunscreen. Generously apply broad-spectrum sunscreen to cover all exposed skin. The FDA recommends using sunscreens that are broad spectrum and have a high sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 or more. Remember to reapply the sunscreen throughout the day, particularly after swimming and sweating.

Stay safe in the sun this summer and beyond! For all of your insurance needs to ensure you are fully protected, contact Miller Insurance Associates in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.