July is UV Safety month.
However, we should protect ourselves and be safe all year long.
It’s the thick of summer.
In some areas, it’s also back-to-school time, which means outdoor recess and walking to/from school or the bus stop.
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Don’t let the end of the month stop you from keeping up your safety.
Don’t let back-to-school keep you from it, either.
Did you know there are different types of ultraviolet rays from the sun and other sources of UV light that we should be concerned with?
UVA, UVB, and UVC.
Some medicines (oral AND topical) such as Retin-A, antibiotics, and others can cause your skin more sensitivity for UV skin damage to occur. You should always ask your provider or pharmacist, and read the pamphlet/printout that comes with the medicine.
Covering with sunscreen may not be enough, but it’s definitely a great start.
You probably will have to cover up with clothing or stay out of the sun.
The Kiss My Face SPF 50 sunscreen for Kids shown above (adults can use it, too) is our favorite.
We have it on auto-ship because we use so much. It goes on as a spray, dries quickly and is not greasy.
We even use it on our faces and ears (and as one with oily skin who does not want to put oil on my skin, this does not make my skin feel any oilier).
The best part? We still get a tan while using it – but it’s keeping us safe from harmful UV rays.
Let’s take a brief look at the types of UV rays:
- May cause some skin cancers
- Cause cells to age
- Linked to wrinkles
- Thought to cause most skin cancers
- Change DNA in cells
- Cause sunburn
- Help your skin make Vitamin D
Believed to be the most harmful, but they come from man-made sources such as certain torches, bulbs, or commercial lamps.
Do you have any different tips? What do you do to protect yourself from UV rays? Share in the comments – we love to hear from you.
- American Cancer Society website – accessed July 31, 2019.
- FDA website on UV radiation – accessed July 22, 2019.