July Awareness Month Highlight
UV Safety Month
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has named July as National UV Safety Month with the goal of this campaign to educate the public about the risks and dangers of the two types of UV Rays-
UVA and UVB
UVA rays have longer wavelengths that penetrate the dermis which is underneath the outer layer causing genetic damage to cells, photo-ageing i.e., wrinkling, blotchiness, etc... and immune-suppression reducing your ability to fight off these and other ailments. Scientists have just recently discovered that UVA rays possibly lead to the development of skin cancers.
UVB Rays are shorter wavelengths that penetrate the superficial layer of skin known as the epidermis. The most robust times for UVB exposure is 10AM-4PM from April to October. These rays are responsible for sunburns, which can lead to the risk of melanoma and other skin cancers such as Basal Cell Carcinoma and Squamous Cell Carcinoma.