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Fun in the Sun
Now that it’s officially summer and the weather is nice and warm (that is, nice and hot ), more people are spending time outdoors. Everyone is headed out to the beach, the pool, or right out in their own backyard. All this outdoor time can mean only one thing: sunburns. July is National Ultraviolet Safety Month and for good reason, especially in Texas. The sun is beating down with UV radiation. We may enjoy spending time outside, but that radiation can cause a lot of health problems, including skin cancer. By far the most common cancer in the U.S., according to the American Academy of Dermatology, nearly 9,500 people are diagnosed with a form of skin cancer every single day. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get to enjoy the sun. It’s all about taking the right precautions before catching those rays. The most practical piece of advice is to wear sunscreen — no exceptions. If you’re going to be outside for more than 20 minutes, sunscreen is a must. However, not all sunscreen lotions, gels, and sprays are created equally. Here are a couple of things you want to look for in the ideal sunscreen. Broad-spectrum. Look for sunscreen labeled for ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) protection. Both types are capable of damaging your skin in very different ways. UVA radiation is always present during daylight hours, regardless of shade or cloud cover. It passes through the top layer of skin, leading to premature aging. UVB radiation, on the other hand, is the main cause of sunburn. SPF 30. The higher the sun protection factor (SPF), the more UV radiation is blocked. For instance, SPF 15 blocks 94 percent of UVB rays, SPF 30 blocks 97 percent, and SPF 50 blocks 98 percent. After that, the difference is negligible, and the higher numbers
mean nothing. No sunscreen on the market will block 100 percent of UVA or UVB rays.
It’s also important to remember that
the effectiveness of sunscreen wears off over time. You should reapply sunscreen after about two hours, or right
after swimming or sweating. And another thing: Don’t forget to protect your eyes. They are equally
susceptible to UV radiation, and too much exposure can lead to cataracts and macular degeneration. Wear a brimmed hat and wear sunglasses rated for 100 percent UV protection. Here at the office (and out of the sun), July 7 is the kick-off date for our Stuff the Bus campaign. We invite you to stop by with school supplies to help us get the bus ready for the upcoming school year. All kinds of school supplies are welcome, from paper and pencils to crayons and backpacks, even hand sanitizer. Stuff the Bus will run through late August, and I will personally match all the school supplies that are donated. Be sure to check our Facebook page (facebook.com/Herrmanandherrmanpllc) for updates and more information. With all of these things in mind, I hope you have a great summer with plenty of food, family, and fun (and, because it’s July, you can add fireworks to the mix). Stay safe, and we’ll see you out there!
– Gregory Herrman
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