Though lockdown restrictions put many of our summer plans on hold, it did not cancel getting out and enjoying the summer sun! The Connection IN Health team is dedicated to spreading the word about UV Safety Awareness Month. As our state works to re-open, it is important that our protection goes beyond wearing a mask in public. There are many tips and tricks to getting outside while also staying protected from the sun.
The sun’s UV rays can damage skin in as little as 15 minutes. Wearing a sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher works to protect your skin through its chemical makeup by “absorbing, reflecting, or scattering sunlight.” However, it is important to take other steps to protect yourself from the sun in addition to using sunscreen. Combining sunscreen with other sun safety precautions, such as wearing protective clothing and taking regular breaks in the shade, allows you to maximize both your time in the great outdoors and your skin’s protection. Be extra careful around surfaces that reflect UV rays such as water, sand, and concrete.
To read more about how you can stay protected this summer and beyond visit the CDC website.