July is UV Safety Month

July is the UV Safety Month. We would like to use this opportunity and share some information and tips on how to be sun smart.

“Overexposure to sunlight is widely accepted as the underlying cause for harmful effects on the skin, eye and possibly the immune system. Beyond the discomfort of sunburn, tourists are also at particular risk of long-term health effects, especially skin ageing and skin cancer.” –  (WHO)

The best way to keep yourself safe against the dangerous radiation is to wear protective clothing. Give preference to thick materials and darker colors, and do not forget about sunglasses (with UV protection!) and wide brim hats. Try to avoid being under direct sunlight between 11 am and 4 pm on a hot sunny day.

To be safe from UV radiation, it is advised to use sunscreen all year long, even when it is cold and cloudy. Sun protection comes in many forms such as creams, lotions and sprays. All of the topical products are proven effective, but you should choose the ones that are at least SPF 30.  It is also important to apply the product in thick layers and to reapply it every two hours, especially after being in contact with water.

We encourage you to take steps and protect yourself so you can enjoy the sun in a healthy way!

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