9 Tips to Protect Yourself From UV Radiation

The sun’s rays may feel warm and comforting on your skin, but they also contain ultraviolet (UV) radiation that can be harmful.

Ultraviolet (UV) radiation can damage our skin, eyes, and immune system. Protecting ourselves from UV radiation is essential because it can cause skin cancer, premature aging of the skin, eye damage, and weaken our immune system. UV radiation can damage the DNA in skin cells, leading to uncontrolled cell growth and the development of cancer.

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Protecting yourself from UV radiation is essential to maintain healthy skin and avoid potentially life-threatening consequences. In this article, we’ll provide some tips on protecting yourself from UV radiation and enjoying your time in the sun safely.

How to Protect Your Skin From the Sun

The good news is that there are many things you can do to protect your skin from the sun and keep it healthy. Here are a few simple ways you can limit your UV exposure.

1. Choose the Right Type of Sunscreen

Sunscreen is the most vital product you can use to protect your skin and minimize signs of early skin aging caused by the sun. Sunscreen blocks UV radiation from penetrating the skin, and it reduces the risk of sunburn and skin damage. 

Use sunscreen with a protection factor (SPF) of at least 30, and apply a generous amount to all exposed skin, including your face, neck, and ears. The best time to apply sunscreen is 15 to 30 minutes before your skin is exposed to the sun. Sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours, or even more frequently if you’re sweating or swimming. 

2. Wear Protective Clothing

Wearing pants and long-sleeved shirts made out of tightly woven fabric can block UV radiation.  Thicker fabrics and darker colours offer more protection than thinner fabrics and lighter colours. Don’t forget to wear a hat that covers your face, neck, and ears.

3. Look for Shade

Remember that the sun’s rays are the strangers between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. During these hours, seek shade to minimize your exposure to the sun. If you’re outside, create your own shade by hiding under a tree or bringing an umbrella with you. 

4. Monitor UV Radiation

By tracking your UV exposure, you can reduce the risk of skin damage and keep your skin healthy. AirCare can help you track UV radiation and monitor your exposure levels. With this feature, you can receive real-time updates on UV levels in your area and adjust your sun protection measures accordingly.

5. Wear Sunglasses

Protect your eyes by wearing sunglasses that block UV radiation. Make sure you pick sunglasses that offer 100% UV protection and wear them even when it’s cloudy.

6. Drink Water

Keep your skin hydrated and healthy by drinking lots of water. When you’re in the sun, your body loses water because you’re sweating, so you must drink more water than you usually do.

7. Avoid Tanning Beds

Tanning beds emit UV radiation that can be just as dangerous as the sun’s rays. Avoid tanning beds, and instead, use a spray talk or a self-tanner if you want darker-coloured skin.

8. Moisturize Your Skin

Sun exposure can dry out your skin and make it irritated or flaky. Keep your skin moisturized by using moisturizers that contain vitamins, antioxidants, and other ingredients. Apply moisturizer after bathing or showering to lock in moisture and keep your skin soft.

9. Regularly Check Your Skin

Regularly perform skin checks and look for any changes in moles or other spots on your skin. If something is out of the ordinary, such as a mole that has changed in size or shape or a new mole, make an appointment with your dermatologist as soon as possible.

Final Thoughts

In summary, protecting yourself from UV radiation is essential to maintain healthy skin and avoid potentially life-threatening consequences. 

By following the tips outlined in this article and tracking your UV exposure with our app, you can enjoy your time in the sun safely and keep your skin healthy for years to come. Remember to always take the necessary precautions to protect yourself from UV radiation and stay safe in the sun.

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