Protection From the Sun!
It's summertime! With the nice weather, we're all going to be enjoying the outdoors at home, at the shore and at our favorite parks! The outdoors is a great chance to improve your health and wellness, while getting some essential Vitamin D, but there is a major precaution we should still take.

The sun grants us life, but it can also be troublesome. UV rays have become more powerful over the years due to climate change and they are directly responsible for sunburn. These sunburns can vary in severity and can become quite uncomfortable or unbearable. The real pain of sunburn isn't the temporary pain during the burn, but the accelerated skin aging and the potential for it to lead to skin cancer. Thankfully it is preventable!

We can protect ourselves from the risks of too much sun exposure, learn how to keep yourself safe by reading below!
Keeping you and your family safe from harmful effects of the sun is something we face on a daily basis, especially in the summer. There are a few main ways to protect your family, some of which include:

  • Wearing clothing to cover skin that may be exposed to the sun. In the summer heat, items like large hats and sunglasses do good work during the summer!
  • Limiting sun exposure during the peak hours of 10am - 4 pm.
  • Use sunscreen with at least 15SPF, even on cloudy days.
  • When outside, spend as much time in shady areas as possible. This will help limit (but doesn't prevent) the sun exposure to your skin.
Sunscreen is a fantastic invention and one that is a necessity, especially when on trips to the beach or our by the pool! There's enough information out there regarding sunscreens to make a persons head spin. Remember that just because the SPF number is higher, it doesn't mean that it offers better protection! Thankfully, we have a good guide below to help you learn more about sunscreens and an article to help choose the best 2021 sunscreen for your specific skin type!
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