National Sunglasses Day is held annually on June 27th to celebrate the importance of wearing sunglasses to protect our eyes from the sun’s UV rays. There’s no better time to ensure you have the summer essentials so you can #getoutthere without worrying about the damaging effects of UV rays.
While moderate sun exposure can have beneficial effects, like the production of melanin in your skin and vitamin D by the body, too much can be damaging to our skin, hair, and eyes. The sun emits visible light, infrared rays (heat), and ultraviolet (UV) rays. UV rays are ultimately what contribute to sunburns and skin cancers so it’s important to take the necessary precautions in order to protect ourselves while we are outdoors.
Types Of UV Rays: UVA and UVB
UVA Rays are linked to long-term skin damage like the aging of skin cells (wrinkles) and skin cancers. Tanning beds tend to give off large amounts of UVA rays and can result in an increase in skin cancer. Luckily, the popularity of tanning beds has decreased and people are opting for a natural look or are reaching for bronzer or spray tans as healthier alternatives.
UVB Rays are more powerful than UVA rays. These rays can damage the DNA of a cell and contribute to sunburns. You may think that one sunburn won’t hurt you, but that’s really all it takes. One simple decision to stay shaded can help you avoid developing skin cancer.
How To Stay Shaded
What to Wear
Wearing the appropriate apparel is the best way for us to defend ourselves from the sun. The looser the clothing and the more skin you cover, the better off you will be. A common misconception is that wearing white clothing will keep your body cooler in the sun compared to wearing dark colors. Although light clothing will reflect the sun’s rays, it will also reflect our own body heat right back towards us. So essentially we’re heating ourselves up more when we wear white. Who knew?! Dark clothing, on the other hand, will absorb more UV rays from the sun as well as your own body heat. So it will heat up faster but keep you cooler in the long run. If your summer wardrobe has a lot of light colors, time to add some new darker pieces to your collection!
Hats and sunglasses are also a great way to stay shaded and protect your hair and face – and luckily, they’re always trendy and easy to pack! By protecting your head from UV rays, you eliminate the discoloring and drying out of hair follicles, protect your noggin from sunburn, and decrease the risk of cataracts and other eye problems. Our shades are inexpensive and have 99% UVA/UVB protection so they’ll minimize the chances of harming your vision and keep your vision clear in all weather conditions.
If you plan on being outside, it is essential to wear sunscreen, even if it’s cloudy. And not just when you hit the beach! If you’re going to be outside for a cookout, brunch, outdoor shopping malls, exercising, or anything more than walking to your mailbox, slap on some sunscreen.
Experts recommend wearing sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. Check your grooming products – many makeups and moisturizers have sunscreen in them, which is a simple way to apply sunscreen to your face before you leave the house every day.
If you’re going to be out in the sun, the general guideline is to apply 1 ounce (enough to fill a shot glass) of sunscreen to your body. Adjust this amount based on your body type, but be sure to apply sunscreen 15 minutes before heading outdoors.
The Shadow Rule is a great indicator to help determine the sun’s intensity. It states: “Short Shadow-Seek Shade.” Basically, a good rule of thumb is whenever your shadow is shorter than you are tall, you are more likely to get burnt. The sun is strongest from 10am and 4pm, so avoid being in the direct sunlight during those hours.
Hopefully, you now have the info you need to #getoutthere and enjoy summer safely…and don’t forget to wear your sunglasses!