Using sun protection while experiencing all outdoor activities can prevent skin and eye damage.
Surely by now, everyone is aware of the damage exposure to the sun can cause, and most beach goers take time to cover themselves with sunscreen while working on that summer tan. But many don’t realize how quickly the sun can begin to damage your eyes and skin, during other outdoor activities.
Certain people are at a greater risk of sun damage than others, particularly those who have had organ transplants, but anyone with a weakened immune system has a greater chance of being harmed by the sun’s rays.
But long term exposure can be dangerous as well. Dr. Scott Fosko, in an interview with Lifezette, said many people forget to apply sunscreen when experiencing outdoor activities other than going to the beach and the pool. Jobs around the house, such as washing the car and mowing the lawn, and sitting outdoors at your child’s soccer game or attending a baseball game in the daylight hours also add to your sun exposure, and could increase your risk of skin cancers.
There are some steps you can take to limit the dangerous sun exposure on your skin, such as wearing protective clothing, like wide brim hats, and limiting your sun exposure between the hours of 10 AM and 4 PM.
And of course, using sunscreen whenever you are participating in an outdoor activity. The key is properly applying the lotions, sprays and creams. Fosko advises the sprays are the most challenging. People tend to spray themselves and then avoid the mist, and that doesn’t work well. You should be sure to spray all exposed skin and rub the protection in also.
And don’t forget the eye protection. Dr. Justin Bazan, medical advisor for the Vision Council, says UV rays can start to damage your eyes in as little as 15 minutes, and many Americans don’t realize the health consequences that can occur from failing to protect the eyes.
The Vision Council reported that 34 percent of adults in a recent survey said they had experienced symptoms of prolonged UV ray exposure. The same report said only 31 percent of the 10,000 participants wore sunglasses when outside.
Fosko adds, “Early sun damage can really set you up for problems down the road,” and protection can make a big difference.