With summer approaching, be sure you protect your skin and eyes from the ultraviolet rays the sun is giving off. Because the sun is stronger in the summer, the chances of getting a sunburn and damaging the skin increase. Awareness of how the ultraviolet light affects you and how to prevent the sunlight’s damage is the most important thing in preventing both short-term and long-term damage from these rays.  

Steps for Protecting Yourself from UV Rays:

  • Always wear sunscreen. Choosing a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher is recommended. The sunscreen should also read “Broad Spectrum,” indicating it is proven to protect against UVA and UVB rays.
  • Cover your skin when out in the sun. Wear light clothing or clothing with SPF protection. Heavier items or darker colors protect best against the sun’s rays. It will not protect you from the UV rays if you hold the garment up to the sun, and the light shines through.
  • Be sure to wear sunglasses to protect your eyes and the skin around your eyes. Make sure you check the label to be sure they protect from both UVA and UVB rays.
  • Seek shade. When out in the sun, be sure to seek shading areas to minimize exposure to the sun’s harmful rays. Although being in the shade will not protect you completely, it will reduce your exposure.

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Rebecca Herrmann, RDN, LDN

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