Playing it safe in the sun!

Summer is here! It sure took it’s time, but we finally have hot temperatures and sunshine.  By this time of year, we are outside every chance we can get, enjoying the beautiful weather.  From boating to beaching, taking a run to enjoying a picnic, it’s important to remember to take care of our skin. The importance of sun safety has become increasingly clear over the years.  Repeated and prolonged exposure leads to an increased risk of skin cancer, and according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) it also leads to eye problems, weakening of the immune system and even leathery skin.

Who’s at risk for sun damage? WE ALL ARE! No matter our skin color, we are all susceptible to sunburn and damage from the UV rays. We should all be taking precautions, and according to the FDA, be protecting ourselves with a sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher. The FDA advises that people with pale skin, those with blonde, red or light brown hair, those who are or have been treated for skin cancer and those with a family member with skin cancer should all be especially careful.

The American Cancer Society has several recommendations to help us stay safe while having fun in the sun.  They recommend taking the shadow test. If your shadow is shorter than you are, that means the sun is high and the UV rays are the strongest. Protect your skin (even when the sun isn’t shining).

The American Cancer Society urges you to SLIP, SLOP, SLAP and WRAP!

So, as you are out enjoying this beautiful Michigan Summer and all it has to offer, take the time to protect yourself and those around you from the damaging effects of the sun.

Written by Ressie Stranaly, 2016 Fitness Ambassador