Summer is here, and the ultraviolet rays are shining brightly.
It is important to remember that UV light poses danger to you and your family. Here is a guide to the different types of UV light and ways to keep your family protected from them.
UVA is a type of long-wave UV light that penetrates deep into your skin. This type of UV light can cause wrinkling or leathering of your skin.
UVB is a short-wave UV light that does not penetrate your skin as far as UVA. The UVB light affects the surface of your skin and can cause sunburn.
How do These UV Rays Affect Us?
Too much exposure to UV light can have a lot of negative health implications. Short-term side effects include sunburn, increased freckles, and other skin discolorations. Long-term effects include skin wrinkling, early signs of skin aging, and different types of skin cancer. Extended exposure to the sun causes these effects, which can build up over time.
UV rays can also contribute to problems in your eyes if you don’t protect them. Eye cataracts and eye damage are reported due to overexposure to sunlight. Too much exposure to UV rays can also suppress your immune system.
Who Is at Risk?
Everyone is at risk of the dangers associated with sun exposure. People who spend excessive amounts of time in the sun due to work or sports are at greater risk for associated diseases. People with fair skin who sunburn easily are also at a larger risk.
How to Protect Your Family
Spending time outside can be a lot of fun, especially in the summer. It is important to remember sun protection and keep your skin safe while enjoying the outdoors. Here are some easy ways to stay protected:
- Wear sunscreen. Sunscreens with a sun protection factor (SPF) 15 or higher can provide useful protection from UVA and UVB rays. The higher the SPF, the more protection your family will get.
- Wear sunglasses. It is important to remember to protect your eyes from the sun. Seek out sunglasses that specifically have UV protection. Wearing UV-protected sunglasses will ensure your eyes are staying safe from the sunlight.
- Seek shade. Bring an umbrella or find an outdoor play area that offers shade. The sun is most dangerous between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Seek out shade or wear protective clothing or hats during this time to protect your skin.
With the right protection, you and your family can enjoy a safe and amusing time in the sun!