Written by: Maureen Weaver
With the sun bursting through the clouds and cool breezes contrasting the frying heat of summer, spring has arrived. On warmer days, the school population sports short sleeves and tank tops. This change in weather also brings the desire to soak in the golden rays of the sun and procure a gleaming tan. But while basking in the sun, it is important to remember some key safety factors.
- Remain hydrated. Take a cup of cold water outside when in the sun for extended periods of time. Sweat releases liquid from the body that needs to be replaced with fresh water.
- Wear sunglasses. Eyelids provide little protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays.
- Moisturize. Skin that is not dry tans the best, and moisturizing will help keep skin healthy.
- Limit. Don’t tan in direct sunlight for more than one or two hours a day. This may lead to sunburn which is damaging to the skin and painful.
- Be aware. The sun is strongest between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Sunscreen of even an SPF of 15 is a smart idea to prevent skin from quickly burning. Quick tip: when your shadow is longer than you are tall, you don’t need sunscreen.
Moderation is the key to life. Sun can lead to skin cancer, but total sun avoidance is unlikely for most teenagers and adults. Simple safety precautions can help prevent some harmful consequences.