Summer brings to mind lots of fun in the sun, but this is especially true year-round on Guam. Most days we consider sunny, which means constant exposure to harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. And while sunlight is the main source of UV rays, that shouldn’t mean we still can’t enjoy physical activity and the outdoors. Read below as we’re rounding up some facts on protecting yourself from UV rays this summer and throughout the year.
How can I protect myself from UV damage?
- Try the shadow rule: If your shadow is shorter than you, the sun’s rays are strong. Seek shade as soon as you can. The strongest UV rays hit around 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Apply sunscreen everyday. Look for broad-spectrum protection (from UVA and UVB rays) on the label. The higher the SPF number on the sunscreen, the more protection from UVB rays.
- Wear protective clothing. Long sleeves and long pants offer the most protection on your skin. Hats and sunglasses that block UV rays also help in protecting you from sun damage.
While sun exposure helps in the production of Vitamin D, it’s also important to note to limit the amount of sunlight you get. Summer still calls for some fun and sun, but also, remember to protect yourself and your skin. Happy Summer, StayWell Familia!