How Much Do You Know About UV Safety?
This month, we will focus on educating you on how to protect yourselves from the sun's UV rays and minimizing overexposure.
Everyone knows that too much sun isn’t good for you, but what do you REALLY know about UV radiation and sun exposure? Check out these frequently asked questions about UV Safety.
What are UV rays?
The sun emits energy in the forms of light and heat. The light energy is called ultraviolet radiation (UV rays) and it ranges in intensity.
What types of UV light are there?
There are three types of UV rays: UVC, UVB, and UVA, based on wavelength. UVC, the shortest length, it never reaches us on the ground because our protective ozone layer blocks all UVC light. But UVA and UVB pass right through. This is potentially dangerous as UVA light is what causes wrinkling or leathering of the skin and UVB causes sun burns. They both can cause skin cancer.
How can UV rays affect me?
For one, UVA & UVB rays can cause a range of issues for your vision. UV exposure can cause severe corneal damage and photokeratitis. This painful condition feels like having a sunburn, only on your eye. It can occur when you stare directly at the sun, or when the sun’s rays reflect off other surfaces (like snow or sand) into our eyes. The well-known “snow blindness” is an example of UV rays bouncing off the snow and into our corneas.
It’s a well-known problem that excess UV exposure can cause melanoma or skin cancer. But, in addition to cancer and the eye diseases listed above, it can also damage other bodily systems. Your immune system can be severely weakened by UV radiation. Not to mention the damage it does to your skin: premature wrinkles, sunspots, sagging, and more.
Tips on how to stay safe in the sun
Here are some safety tips to protect your skin while being outdoors this summer:
When out and about on a steaming hot day, be sure to avoid getting severely sunburnt. Sunburns can significantly increase your chance of skin cancer — particularly among children or people with pale or sensitive skin.
In order to prevent sunburn, wear sunscreen, proper clothes, hats, and sunglasses, and always aim for the shade during the sun’s peak hours between 10am and 4pm. UV rays can still penetrate sun umbrellas, but it’s better than being not covered at all.
The sun’s damaging effects can also be compounded by reflective surfaces like sand, water, snow, and even windows — so be careful to avoid these things for long periods.
Health organizations suggest using broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) value of 15 or more. We recommend using a daily sunscreen of at least SPF 30.
Did you know?
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