It’s UV Safety Month, so we’re helping raise awareness about the effects of sun exposure and ways you can protect yourself. With all the sun and humidity we've had lately, it's important to protect your skin whenever you're outside. The need to protect your skin from the sun has become very clear over the years. The harmful ultraviolet rays from both the sun and indoor tanning can not only lead to skin cancer, but eye problems, a weakened immune system, age spots, wrinkles, and leathery skin as well. July is UV Safety Month and here are five steps you can take this summer season to beat the heat.
1. Sunscreen is your friend
You’ve probably heard this a million times before, but it’s true. While sunscreen doesn’t block all UV rays, it acts like a filter and you should use it any time you’re spending the day in the sun. The best part about applying sunscreen is that it’s easier than ever with its many different forms and products – lotions, sprays and even many cosmetics provide sun protection now.
2. Check the Labels
Using expired sunscreen could have you looking like a lobster quickly. It’s key to not only read the sunscreen labels but also to understand what they mean. SPF 15 sunscreens protect you from about 93% of UVB rays, all the way up to SPF 100 which filters about 99%. The greater the number the greater the protection.
3. Sunglasses Sunglasses Sunglasses
Your eyes need protection, too. Long hours in the sun can have damaging effects to your eyes like developing certain eye diseases. UV-blocking sunglasses, especially large-framed and wraparound sunglasses, provide the best protection.
4. Sunscreen for the Home
UV ray damage doesn’t stop when we go indoors. To protect your home and your belongings consider investing in protection for your windows. Floors, photos, artwork, and rugs are all susceptible to UV damage that can cause them to fade over time. Low E is like sunscreen for your home and reflects UV rays, helping to keep the heat and damaging rays out.
5. Out the Sun
Don’t want to invest in Low E right now? No problem. Just make sure you close your curtains during the day. This will help block those damaging UV rays.