UV Safety Month Reminds People to Protect their Largest Organ this Summer

Skin is the largest organ that humans have and it serves an incredibly vital purpose. Not only does it protect your internal organs but it guards against injury and infection. That’s why it’s important to make sure you’re doing everything you can to care for it.

Since this is the time of year where we typically begin seeing sunshine-filled days more frequently, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recognizes the month of July as UV Safety Month.

Officials use this time to remind people to take the necessary precautions to protect themselves from the effects of ultraviolet rays.

In addition to increasing the risk of developing skin-cancer, UV rays from the sun and indoor tanning devices can cause other health complications such as eye problems and a weakened immune system.

Fortunately there are some easy ways to protect yourself this summer.

For instance, you can reduce your risk by staying out of the sun during “peak burn hours”. According to the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization, that time is between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If at all possible, head for the shade during that time.

Wearing protective clothing is another good way to avoid complications. This includes sunglasses and hats as well as long sleeve shirts and pants to guard against UV rays directly.

However, when you consider the typical temperature during this time of year, clothing that covers skin can be uncomfortable and impractical.

That’s why it’s also a good idea to stock up on sunscreen to cover all exposed skin. Make sure to initially apply a generous amount to all exposed areas and regularly re-apply, even if it’s described as water resistant.

Keep in mind that just because you see the sun dip behind the clouds that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re less at risk. Individuals are not immune to sun damage on cloudy days so be sure to keep these UV safety tips in mind, regardless of the forecast.

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