However, it is important to point out the danger in getting too much exposure to the sun. Many studies show there is a direct correlation to excessive exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun and most forms of skin cancer. Be prepared, when planning to be outside in the direct sunlight for extended periods of time. The basics are sunscreen (minimum 30SPF UVA and UVB), lightweight, sun-resistant clothing and sunglasses. If you have sensitive skin or a rash, consult your doctor or healthcare professional for the best option for your condition.
Exposure to sunlight, including overcast days, should be limited for individuals suffering from the following:
- Currently receiving treatment for any skin cancer, especially Melanoma
- Sun damage from long-term sun exposure
- History of sunburns
- Marks or spots on the skin
- Taking medications that advise against extreme sun exposure
- Any other condition that may have an adverse effect when combined with direct sunlight, an example those who have suffered 2nd degree or more on their body at anytime
On the flip side of the age chart, safeguard children from the sun, and its harmful UV rays. Supply your child with sunscreen and eye protection. Their skin and bodies are still developing, and the sun can harm them immediately and in the future. Sunburns experienced in childhood can show signs later in their life, through spotting and more severe cases, such as Melanoma. A child suffering any sunburn should be seen by a professional healthcare provider for treatment to avoid scarring or other long-term effects.
The good news for the southern half of the United States; there are plenty of days of sun year-round. And, the luckiest state in the southwest is Arizona, so much so the state opted out of daylight-saving time. Clocks in Arizona remain untouched by this bi-annual practice, as other states ‘Spring’ forward and ‘Fall’ back one hour during these intervals.
To wrap-up, always enjoy the sunlight, so your body receives its daily dose of vitamin D. Avoid long hours in the sun at one time. And, when you do, be prepared to protect yourself and your family. Now get out there, be a kid again and let the sunshine in - your mind, body, and spirit will thank you!
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