Did You Know Its UV Safety Awareness Month? Here Are Some Tips to Stay Safe in the Sun

With all of our coastal and beach destinations, not to mention skiing and desert vacations, there’s no shortage of sun exposure when traveling with RTX. The sun feels great- laying out on a warm day at the beach is one of the great pleasures in life, but with sun exposure comes risk.

This risk can be mitigated by being smart about you and your family’s sun exposure. Let’s talk about ways to minimize your risk during UV Safety Awareness Month.
I love the sun but I love my skin more

  1. All Types of Eye Protection Matter: Did you know the sensitive skin of the eyelids is highly susceptible? Reports from skincancer.org show the eyelid region is one of the most common sites for non-melanoma skin cancers. In fact, skin cancers of the eyelid, including basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), and melanoma, account for five to 10 percent of all skin cancers. Wear sunglasses that wrap around, and put a dab of face sunscreen on your eyelids.
  2. Cover Up: Wearing a Hat (preferably wide brimmed) or other shade-protective clothing can partly shield your skin from the harmful effects of UV ray exposure. Proper clothing may include long-sleeved shirts, pants, hats, and swim shirts.
  3. Stay in the Shade: The sun’s glare is most intense at midday. Staying in the shade between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. will further protect your skin. The sun can still damage your skin on cloudy days or in the winter. For this reason, it is important to stay protected throughout the year.
  4. Choose the Right Sunscreen: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) new regulations for sunscreen labeling recommend that your sunscreen have a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15, and should protect against both Ultraviolet A (UV-A) and Ultraviolet B (UV-B) rays.
  5. Use the Right Amount of Sunscreen: According to the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention, most people apply only 25-50 percent of the recommended amount of sunscreen. When out in the sun, it’s important that you apply at least one ounce (a palmful) of sunscreen every two hours. You should apply it more often if you are sweating or swimming, even if the sunscreen is waterproof.

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About the Author: Pat Barcas serves as staff writer and photographer for RTX Traveler Magazine, based in Asheville, NC. His favorite RTX destinations are on the beach: Orange Beach, Alabama, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, and Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. .

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