Days are getting hotter and summer is just around the corner! On May 26th, join us for Don’t Fry Day and protect your skin against the sun.
Memorial Day weekend is usually spent soaking in the sun, one way or another. Opting outside and enjoying the sunshine has many positive benefits to one’s health. The sun gives our bodies Vitamin D and can help improve our mood, while spending time outdoors helps increase our physical activity. With warmer days ahead, it’s important to take advantage of time spent in the great outdoors. It offers wonderful benefits to our health and should be encouraged!
Significant exposure to the sun, however, can have a negative impact on one’s health. As we plan our weekends, it’s important to pay special attention to how we can protect ourselves against the sun. Too much exposure to the sun’s UV rays can cause skin cancer, which is the most common type of cancer today.
The American Cancer Society estimates that one American will die every hour from skin cancer, according to an article from the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention. Severe sun exposure from natural ultraviolet rays or artificial (tanning beds) can cause serious damage to the skin, leading to sunburn and ultimately skin cancer.
This Memorial Day Weekend and #DontFryDay on May 27th, take care of your skin and spread awareness for sun safety and the severity of skin cancer! There are multiple ways to protect your skin, while still enjoying the beautiful sunshine and outdoors.
Ever heard of “Slip! Slop! Slap!® And Wrap!”? This simple catchphrase is an easy one to remember and holds important information therein.
- Slip: Slip on a shirt
- Slop: Slop on some sunscreen
- Slap: Slap on a hat
- Wrap: Wrap on sunglasses
Covering up your body with clothing can help shield your skin from the sun. According to CancerCare.com, it’s important to “Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing such as long-sleeve shirts or long pants that protect a larger area of your skin. Tightly woven fabrics in dark or bright colors are best.”
If you’re not able to cover your skin with clothing, sunscreen is the number one method used to protect your skin against the sun. It’s important to note, however, that sunscreen cannot protect against UV rays 100%. According to the National Cancer Institute, “Even with proper sunscreen use, some UV rays get through, which is why using other forms of sun protection is also important.”
Protecting your head against the sun should be a number one priority. The lighter your hair and skin, the more susceptible you can be to the sun’s harmful rays. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, a tightly woven hat that can cover your face, ears, and the back of your neck is recommended. Straw hats allow sunlight through, and are less effective in shading one’s face.
Lastly, sunglasses are a great way to protect your eyes from the sun. Eyes can develop cataracts if overly exposed to UV rays, so it’s important never to look directly into the sun and to wear sunglasses. The more fitted the glasses are to your face, the more protection you’ll have!
Even when the skies are cloudy, UV rays are still beating down on your skin. The sun is most powerful during these afternoon hours, so make sure to Slip! Slop! Slap!® And Wrap!
–Emily Sanville, Digital Communications Coordinator