This is the prime time of year to get tan, right girls? Just chilling out on the beach with friends, earbuds in, putting sun tan lotion on just to get that perfect shade of golden. What if I told you that up to 90% of melanoma (a dangerous form of skin cancer) comes from UV radiation coming from tanning? Now, that statistic is truly for tanning beds – which are incredibly harmful – but the chances for contracting skin cancer from regular light is just as likely. Tanning and being exposed for long hours in the sun can drastically increase your chances for skin cancer, considering that tanning is actually no more than slightly burnt skin cells. To keep you safe, let’s look into some tips to stay safe in the sun this year.
First of all, but sunscreen on no matter what. Even if you’re trying to tan on the beach, put sunscreen on. Try to get a sunscreen that has SPF 15 or better. SPF 15 filters out over 93% of harmful rays from the sun. Try to reapply sunscreen every time you come out of the water, or every 2-3 hours at least. That way you know you are protected at all times. Without sunscreen those rays would easily get to you and potentially cause damaging long lasting effects.
When you can, try to cover your eyes as best as you can. Even your eyes can get sunburnt, meaning that your vision can be altered permanently in the future. Get UV blocking sunglasses that will last you a long time. I personally have a pair of Ray Bans that have lasted me about 3 years now. Those are very expensive, but try to invest in a good pair of sunglasses this summer. If you can’t get sun glasses right away, try and bring a hat with you to the beach to shade your face a bit.
Another thing that many people don’t think about being in the sun, and consider sun safety, is your technology. Leaving your gadgets out in the sun is horrible for them, as they can easily overheat and burn you when you go to touch them. Also, there have been many cases of phones overheating and actually catching fire to the objects around them. Try to keep your gadgets out of the sun and in a cooler place, such as your bag.
Finally, try to cover your skin the best that you can if you are going to spend all day outside. That doesn’t mean you have to wear a sweatshirt and jeans everywhere when it’s 90 degrees outside. Instead, bring a sheer shoulder wrap with you to drape over your skin, or a big floppy hat to wear around. Try to find some shade whenever you can, and remember, wear that sunscreen!
So, stay safe this summer. Cover your skin, keep your gadgets covered, wear sunglasses, and put on that sunscreen. Keep yourself and your friends safe in the sun this summer!
TXTgirl :: Orange County, CA
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