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Dr. Jones
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Dr. Thomas
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Tips for Staying Safe in the Sun this Summer

Oklahoma summer sun can be particularly hard on our skin, and without proper protection, our skin can suffer both short term and long term consequences.

The sun projects different types of light rays that can do different damage to our bodies, some visible on the skin such as a sunburn, and some under the skin. UVA and UVB are two types of sunlight rays that can damage our skin. UVA rays can go through our skin to the deepest layer of skin, the dermis, and may do damage that isn’t visible. UVB rays usually reach just the top layer of skin, which is when we may get sunburnt. Sunburns are common, but over time can lead to premature aging of the skin, wrinkles, and potentially, skin cancer.

To prevent sunburns and other sunlight damage, make sure that your sunscreen is “broad spectrum,” which protects against both UVB and UVA sunlight rays. Reapplication is crucial to sunscreen’s effectiveness. Some sunscreens last longer than others, but most sunscreen needs to be reapplied every 1-2 hours.

There are many other ways to protect you or your child from sunlight damage. Wearing hats and sunglasses, covering up with long sleeve-clothing, being aware of your time in the sun, and staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water, are some ways to protect your skin. Stay aware of the UV index, which is the probability of damage your skin could receive while out in the sun. The UV index is usually given with the weather forecast, and can help you determine your time in the sun, and what protection you will need. The higher the percentage, the higher the risk of damage.

Other than skin damage, the Oklahoma heat can be tough on the rest of our bodies as well. Whether you’re playing an active sport or doing some light yard work, the hottest days can quickly wear you out. Heat exhaustion can occur without you realizing how hot and dehydrated you are, and may potentially become dangerous. Be sure that you and your children are drinking plenty of water, especially on the hot summer days, and be cautious with how much time you spend outside.

For more information on how to keep you and your skin healthy during these hot summer months, please talk to your Crossway provider.