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Safeguarding Your Skin Health

Safeguarding Your Skin Health

Protecting Your Skin from the Sun’s Harmful Rays

Summertime means warmer weather, outdoor sports and activities, and the potential for getting sunburnt. While this uncomfortable summer ailment can be relatively harmless, prolonged exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can lead to the development of skin cancer.

With skin cancer being the most commonly diagnosed form of cancer affecting the globe, it is essential that everyone in our active community of Jackson, Wyoming does their part to protect their skin when spending time outdoors.

In recognition of UV Safety Month, the experts at St. John’s Health are here to share some tips to keep your skin safe all summer long.

Wear Sunscreen

Wearing sunscreen is essential when venturing out into nature, especially during the summer months. When choosing your sunscreen, be sure that the label says that it is “broad-spectrum,” as this means that it will protect your skin from both UVA and UVB rays. Your sunscreen should also have a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher.

It is also recommended that you apply your sunscreen a half hour before heading outdoors to allow it to properly adhere to your skin.

Pay Attention to Your Area’s UV Index

When checking the weather in the morning, be sure to pay attention to your area’s UV index—which estimates the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Keep in mind that the higher the UV index is, the more likely you are to get sunburnt when spending time in direct sunlight.

Wear Protective Clothing

Wearing light-weight protective clothing is another excellent way to protect your skin from the sun. When the weather allows it, be sure to wear the following sun-blocking clothing items:

  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Long sleeves and pants
  • Brimmed baseball caps and hats
  • Lighter colors like white, tan, and grey

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