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Let's Celebrate UV Safety Awareness Month – July 2023

Written and medically reviewed by Dorcas Morak, Pharm.D

Updated on July 16th, 2023

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Hey there, sun-lovers! July is here, and with it comes the joys of picnics, sports, pool parties, and beach getaways. But remember, it's also UV Safety Awareness Month. It's the perfect time to remind ourselves that while the sun is a wonderful provider of vitamin D and a powerful mood booster, excessive exposure to its UV rays can harm our skin and eyes.

UV Safety Awareness Month aims to raise public awareness about the importance of protecting ourselves from the harmful effects of the sun's UV rays. Yes, sun protection is vital in reducing the risk of skin cancer, but don't forget about your eyes. They're also at risk of UV damage. So, let's embrace good sun habits all year round, not just in summer. That means applying sunscreen and wearing sunglasses daily to help keep your skin and eyes safe.

How Can We Observe UV Safety Awareness Month?

Celebrating UV Safety Awareness Month starts with understanding what UV radiation is and how it affects our skin. The sun emits UV light, which comes in three types: UVA, UVB, and UVC. While the ozone layer blocks most UVC rays, harmful UVA and UVB rays can penetrate it. Plus, harmful UVC radiation can come from artificial sources like tanning beds or sunlamps.

These UV rays might be invisible, but they're there during daylight hours, even when the sun is hiding. And prolonged exposure can lead to sunburn, wrinkles, and even skin cancer. Over time, your unprotected eyes can develop cataracts, cornea damage, and vision loss.

If you're planning to stay outside for an extended period, remember the sun's intensity is highest between 10 am and 4 pm. Ideally, seek shade or head indoors during these hours. If you must be out, protect yourself by applying sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, wearing a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and covering up with breathable clothing.

The CDC advises applying broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 before you step out every day. If you're planning to spend a longer duration outside, an SPF between 30 and 50 should do the trick. And don't think you're covered just because your makeup has SPF in it - applying a standalone sunscreen should be a part of your daily skincare routine.

Other Fun Ways to Celebrate UV Safety Awareness Month

  1. Splash around: Cool off in a pool or the ocean, just remember to be sun-smart! Avoid the peak hours of sunlight and don't forget to reapply your sunscreen after a swim.

  2. Hats off to you: Make sun protection stylish with a hat that matches your personality. Bright colors, fun prints, or unique shapes – the sky's the limit.

  3. Toast in the shade: There's nothing like sipping a refreshing drink on a summer's day. But remember to find a shady spot so you can relax without worrying about those pesky UV rays.

Stay safe, folks, and make the most of this beautiful sunshine in a skin-smart way!

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