July is UV Safety Month. The yearly initiative encourages people to protect their skin during the hottest months of the year. Learning what you can about UV protection is imperative to your good health. It helps you avoid too much exposure to the sun resulting in a sunburn, heatstroke, and skin cancer. Instead, you’ll know ways to spend time outdoors without being burnt to a crisp.
Protect the Skin That You’re in Today
There are many ways to protect your body from UVA and UVB rays. To help you understand what a big problem it is, we’ve created a guide for you to reference whenever you need a helping hand with learning more about how long you should spend time in the sun. Spending at least fifteen minutes outdoors without sunscreen on a sunny day helps jumpstart Vitamin D production, which is necessary for helping your body absorb calcium better.
Here are some of the ways that you can protect yourself from harmful UV rays:
- Wear sunscreen formulated for your skin. Learn what SPF is recommended for you and invest in a product that is safe for using outdoors and in the water.
- Put on wraparound sunglasses with UV-blocking lenses. The design prevents the skin around your eyes from burning and keeps the sun from causing your eyes to sting and water.
- Invest in a long-sleeved shirt to put on to protect your skin from burning. A lightweight material is something we recommend, so you don’t get too hot on the sunniest day.
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat to help redirect the sunlight. It keeps the sun out of your eyes and off your face and neck.
- Avoid being outdoors during the hottest hours of the day. In most locations, 3 PM to 4 PM tends to be the hottest. You can access local weather forecasts from the internet or an app that you’ve downloaded.
Being mindful of the damage that can occur from being exposed to harmful UVA and UVB rays for even a short amount of time is something Dr. Ahmadinia and Dr. Dauphin highly recommend. When it comes to your overall health and well-being, you must take care of all parts of your body. It’s how you prevent skin cancer from occurring and shortening your lifespan.
Make Skincare Part of Your Overall Healthcare Routine
While you’re at it, don’t forget to schedule your next check-up with OBGYN High Desert. We’re ready to make an appointment for you. Just give us a call and let us take care of the rest of the details for you. Now that you’re aware of how important skincare is, you’ll want to have other exams done by your OBGYN so you can have an entirely clean bill of health.