Dr. Willard’s® is focusing on sun protection during UV Safety Awareness Month this July. Summer is a great time to be outside, especially for those residing in areas of the US where harsh winters prevent them from seeing much sun. However, just as you take care of yourself when it’s cold outside, you must protect yourself when it’s hot out as well. In the winter, you must make sure you are keeping yourself warm and dry, and prevent yourself from getting sick or getting frostbite. In the summer, you need to keep yourself cool, and prevent getting overexposure to the sun, dry skin and a sunburn.
While it may be tempting to throw on a pair of shorts and a T-shirt in the hotter months and head out, you must protect all of your skin. Remember that your skin is the largest organ in your body, and you need to take care of it to keep it moisturized, healthy and burn-free!
Harmful UV rays emit radiation that is bad for your skin; “UV-B rays have short wavelengths that reach the outer layer of your skin; UV-A rays have longer wavelengths that can penetrate the middle layer of your skin,” according to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. These rays can cause your skin to dry up, can lead to age spots and wrinkles, eye problems and can weaken your immune system, preventing your body’s ability to fight infections and bacteria that can get you sick, explains Federal Occupational Health. However, the most serious health side effect of overexposure to the sun is skin cancer!
Tips on Protecting Your Skin from The Sun
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We recommend using our Aloe Gel to keep your skin moisturized during the heat, or restore moisture after a day at the beach. If you forgot to apply or reapply your sunscreen, our gel will help your sunburn heal faster and allow your skin to renew its moisture.
Use Dr. Willard’s® Aloe Gel any time of the day on your face or body to leave your skin feeling refreshed and moisturized. Use it as a topical treatment on any dry or sunburned parts of the body after spending time outdoors.
While it’s easy to stop by a drugstore and pick up a bottle of sunscreen, we advise you to do some research about what you apply on your skin. There are so many options out there, from different ingredient lists to varying SFP labels, which makes it difficult to choose what’s right for you. Additionally, WebMD states that certain ingredients in common sun blocks, such as retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone and nanoparticles in mineral sunscreens, even though approved by the Federal Department of Agriculture (FDA), are actually harmful to our health. Check out the labels when you purchase sunscreen, and research the ingredients to make sure you are not causing more harm than good when applying it on your skin.
Furthermore, apply enough sunscreen to properly protect your skin. The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs recommends using at least one ounce of sun block every two hours, and reapplying it after swimming or sweating due to physical activity.
Remember that every season of the year requires protective clothing for your body. During the summer, even if it’s cloudy, wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect your face, eyes and neck from the sun’s UV rays. Purchase a pair of 100 percent UV-resistant, wrap-around style sunglasses that will not only block UV rays, but will also block glare from most angles.
Wearing light, but long-sleeved shirts and pants can cover your body and prevent sun overexposure, especially from 10AM to 4PM, when the chance of a sunburn is the highest.
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