What’s the first image that comes to mind when you think of summer? You may be thinking of many images, but the sun is probably most common. Although the sun is many miles away (if that’s scientifically correct), we feel its direct and indirect effects. A direct effect of the sun is sunburn. Sunburn is caused by overexposure to sun or ultraviolet (UV) light – wavelengths from the sun. Common signs/symptoms of sunburn may include red, painful skin and in some cases, the skin may be hot to the touch. The best method to protect yourself from the direct effects of the sun are to apply sunscreen. An indirect effect of the sun is eye damage. The sun emits UV rays and long term exposure in the sun may cause eye damage, such as cataracts. The best method to protect your eyes is to wear sunglasses.
Discover the 5 S’s of Sun Safety below:
Slip on a T shirt
Slop on SPF (sun protection factor) 30+ broad spectrum UVA Sunscreen – Reapply every 2 hours or after swimming
Slap on a broad brimmed hat
Slid on quality sunglasses – Look for sunglasses that provide protection from UVA & UVB
Shade from the sun whenever possible
Did you know the sun’s UV rays can damage your skin in as little as 15 minutes? So, we encourage you to follow the 5 S’s of Sun Safety to reduce your risk of sun damage and skin cancer.