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Friday, June 2, 2017

Protect Your Self and Others from The Sun

June brings a time to enjoy the warmer days outside. It is also a time to be aware that the sun can help cause cancer. When you go outside are you sure to protect yourself and your family from the sun?? I ask this question as my 27 year old daughter moans and tends to the sunburn she received from being in the sun today. She asks me why I did not burn she should all ready know the answer. The truth is that when she was younger I applied sunscreen on her small body as I did my own. Now that she is older it seems as if I must remind her of the dangers of the sun. 

The sun is a needed source of heat and yet we must be careful. The sun shares with us several types of UV radiation. One type offers our skin a tan or redness in color but it will not penetrate deeply the other however will not burn the surface of the skin but will penetrate deeper. Both can increase the risk of skin cancer and speed up the aging process. The sun rays can cause melanoma which is the deadliest form of skin cancer. 

To better protect our skins their are products on the market that can help us. What ones do we need to use?? First the SPF or sun protection factor must be determined. The SPF is how long you can stay in the sun without burning with sunscreen versus without. Sun protection fabrics will help protect our skin as well. Zinc oxide is very useful as well. 

Sunscreen should be applied 20 to 30 minutes before sun exposure and reapply at least every 2 to 3 hours. Apply the sunscreen on very generous and make sure to thoroughly cover all skin that is not covered. Be careful between the hours of 10 am to 3 pm as these are the hours the sun is most intense. 

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