Living in the sunshine state consists of summer days spent building sandcastles and swimming at the beach, spending time with our family in the backyard, or cheering on our loved ones at their sporting activities. With July being UV Protection Month, Florida Peninsula would like to ensure you and your family enjoy a fun and healthy summer.
Some harmful effects of UV rays on unprotected skin include: visionary problems, irregularity of the immune system, premature aging of the skin, and skin cancer. UV rays are strongest from 10 am to 4 pm; during this time period, you should seek shade in order to reduce direct exposure. As Florida residents, we love to soak up the warm rays of the sun. Here are some tips for your protection.
- Wear proper clothing: If you plan on being outside most of the day, cover your body as much as possible.
- Wear effective hats and sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun: Many people are less aware of the connection between UV rays and eye damage. UV rays reflect from multiple sources such as water, snow, and sand. Some long term conditions resulting from UV damage to the eyes are Cataracts, Macular Degeneration, and Pterygium.
- Apply sufficient sunscreen: The FDA regulates for sunscreen to have a minimum SPF of 15 and recommends it to protect against UV-A and UV-B rays. It is also suggested you apply sunscreen 20 minutes before you leave the house, and reapply every 2-3 hours. For further tips on applying sunscreen, click here.
- Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables: Eating healthy can help strengthen your body's natural defenses against UV rays. If you want to learn more about skin cancer prevention through your diet, click here.
Along with the daily weather forecast, we recommend you stay updated with the Environmental Protection Agency's UV Index
. This index measures the daily intensity of UV rays from the sun and determines how much protection you will need. For additional information regarding UV rays, their effects, and how to stay safe from them, click here
We wish you and your family a great and safe summer.
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