Now that summer is in full swing. It is time to protect ourselves from the harmful effects that sunlight can have on our skin. We want you to get out and enjoy all that Alaska has to offer, but keep in mind that while temperatures don’t get unbearable here, the sun is still damaging. Sunlight contains three types of ultraviolet rays, however, only two reach the earth causing them to be damaging to skin.
UVA rays cause skin aging and wrinkles. These rays also contribute to several skin cancers such as melanoma. UVA rays pass easily through the atmosphere and the clouds, causing most of our sun damage.
UVB rays are also dangerous to our skin health, however the atmosphere absorbs some of these. This does not mean that we should not protect ourselves from UVB rays because enough of them get through the atmosphere to negatively impact our skin health causing sunburn, cataracts, and melanoma.
Now that you know a little bit about the sun rays, here are a few tips to help protect you and your family this summer!
Since it doesn’t get unbearably hot here, we are benefitted with being able to wear clothing that covers most of our skin. Choose tightly woven, dark colored clothing. Some clothes are specifically designed for the protection from the sun.
Hats provide great protection for our faces and ears, places often missed when applying sunscreen. Though, do not rely solely on using a hat as protection, still apply sunscreen. Again, a tightly woven hat is recommended.
Protecting your eyes from the sun is so important. Using sunglasses can reduce your risk of developing cataracts and they can protect the sensitive areas surrounding your eyes.
Broad spectrum sunscreen is always recommended with, at the very least, SPF 15. Even on cloudy days, sunscreen is necessary. Make sure you remember to re-apply if needed and watch the expiration date.
Now that you’re informed about all things sun safety, you’re ready to get out and enjoy the Alaskan summer. Just remember to protect your skin from the damaging effects of sun exposure, even on a cloudy day. Our skin is the largest organ in, or on, our body – protect it!
If you have any additional questions or concerns regarding sun safety, give us a call. We are always available to help in any way that we can.