July is Ultraviolet (UV) Safety Month. UV rays are invisible rays (rays you cannot see) of light coming from the sun and tanning beds. Being outside in the sun can give you sunburn and can put you at risk for getting skin cancer. It can also hurt your eyes. UV light is at its highest levels between 10am and 2pm. Below are a few tips to help protect you from getting too much sun and UV rays.
- Wear sunglasses with UV protection of 99-100%
- Wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, water resistance, and broad-spectrum protection
- Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours when outdoors and after swimming or sweating
- Stay away from tanning beds
Source: ECU Health (Formerly Vidant Health)