Think you only need Sun Protection in the Summer? Think Again!
Year Round Sun Protection
With most of us spending more time outdoors year round, it’s important to keep protecting our skin from the sun! Even when the temperature is cooler, the sun’s UV index can still be high. Between the hours of 10am
and 4pm, the UV index is at its’ highest and can be harmful year round. Luckily, there’s a handy online tool to look up the UV index in your Zip code, regardless of the time of year. The CDC recommends using Sunscreen or protective clothing if the UV index is higher than 3. Although this number seems quite low, can still cause damage!
The CDC recommends using Sunscreen or protective clothing if the UV index is higher than 3
The Basics of UV
- UVA (or Ultraviolet-A) light come from the sun, and can cause wrinkling or photo-aging. These are still powerful, even in Winter months. They can permeate the skin through windows, clouds and even skin itself. This is the light that can lead to premature aging and even skin cancer.
- UVB (or Ultraviolet-B) rays also come from the sun and can lead to sunburns. They are stronger in the Summer months, but can also bounce off snow in Winter, just as they bounce off sand and water in the summer.
Between the hours of 10am and 4pm, the UV index is at its’ highest and can be harmful year round
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Our Sun Protection Tips
- Wear Sunscreen. The higher the SPF (Sun Protection Factor), the more protection you have. Aim for SPF 15 or more and remember to re-apply after 2 or more hours outside!
- Stay in the shade, if possible
- Wear long sleeves, pants or long skirts if possible. Tightly woven fabric offers better protection. Kinship Comfort Brand’s Sun Protection Sleeves offer UPF50+ UV Protection.
- A hat with a wide brim offers the most protection. If wearing a baseball cap, remember to cover your neck or use sunscreen!