July is UV Safety Month

As the summer months invite us to spend more time outdoors in Arizona's high temperatures, it’s crucial to be mindful of the harmful effects of ultraviolet (UV) rays on our skin and overall health. UV overexposure can accelerate skin aging, weaken the immune system, and contribute to the development of conditions like cataracts. July is recognized as UV Safety Month, emphasizing the importance of awareness and preventive measures to safeguard your well-being and enjoy the season safely, even in the desert heat.

The sun emits UV light in the form of UVA, UVB, and UVC rays. While the ozone layer filters out UVC radiation, UVA and UVB rays penetrate the atmosphere and affect our skin. UVA rays penetrate deeply, causing skin to age, wrinkle, and leather over time. UVB rays are responsible for sunburns and are strongly linked to the development of skin cancer with prolonged exposure.

To reduce the risks associated with sun exposure, you have the power to consider and implement these protective measures:

Protective Clothing: Wear wide-brimmed hats, sun-protective clothing, and sunglasses that block 99% of UV radiation.

Seek Shade: Limit outdoor activities during peak UV radiation hours, typically between 10 am and 4 pm, when the sun’s rays are most intense.

Sunscreen: Use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 that provides broad-spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays. Apply liberally and frequently reapply every two hours or more if swimming or sweating.

Hydration: Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and consuming water-rich foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, which support overall skin healing.


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