Everyone loves soaking in the warm rays of the sun. In fact, your body needs a little bit of sun to create Vitamin D. But most of us stay out just a bit too long in our hot Florida sun.
July 3 is National Stay Out of the Sun Day, so what better time to look at some good resources to learn about sun safety!
The top tips:
- Wear sunscreen and reapply as time passes.
- Wear sunglasses and cover up with a hat or shirt.
- Don't forget your lips. Pop on a balm with SPF 15
- Find a shady spot during the strongest sun hours of the day (generally between 10 am - 4 pm).
Why worry about sun safety:
- Skin cancer and cataracts are serious consequences of too much ultraviolet (UV) light.
- Excess sun can damage your skin leading to wrinkles and aging.
- Sunburns, heat exhaustion and heatstroke are no fun. Learn the difference from the CDC's Warning Signs and Symptoms of Heat-Related Illness
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Sun Safety The CDC offers a brief explaination of how sunscreen works and provides sun safety tips that will help prevent skin cancer.
Nemours: Sun Safety for Parents: Information for parents to help protect their children and tips on treating sunburns.
MedlinePlus: Skin Cancer: Learn about the most common types of skin cancer, risk factors, and treatments.
The only extra sun we recommend is the library's collection of the Gainesville Sun online. The collection offers a text-only version of the newspaper from 1995-present as well as an image version that started January 1, 2019.