A light breeze, the sound of crashing waves, and much-needed peace and quiet. Sounds wonderful, right? The beach is a great getaway from our hectic lives. Cooler temperatures would be welcome as the Northeast battles a heat wave this week.
In the summer, the time we spend outside increases, which means we’re also exposing ourselves to different elements. But you don’t even have to be outside to feel the sun’s rays.
Sun exposure happens in our daily lives without people thinking about it. If you drive to work, the sun is shining directly through your car window for at least part of the commute. If you have a corner office with a window, the sun will be peaking through for some time during the day. Even on a cloudy day or in the shade, the sun has the chance to come through. July is all about UV safety and the steps you can take to protect yourself from damaging UV rays.
There are two types of UV rays you should be aware of – ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B. Both of these contribute to skin damage, but UVB is seen as responsible for sunburn. UVA can create lasting skin damage through its aging effects.
What is SPF?
SPF (sun protection factor) measures the time it takes for you to get sunburn if you are not wearing sunscreen vs. time it takes with sunscreen on. SPF protects skin from UVB rays which cause sunburn.
Consider these sun care guidelines:
- Check if your sunscreen hasn’t expired! Technically you should be using enough sunscreen so there aren’t any leftovers.
- Liberally apply sunscreen with at least SPF 15 before heading out.
- If you swim or sweat excessively, reapply more often.
Tip: Broad spectrum sunscreen protects against both UVA rays (account for skin aging) and UVB rays (account for sunburn) offering you maximum protection! Find FSA eligible sunscreen at FSAstore.com to get beach-ready!