Sun Safety At Summer Jam: Protecting Yourself from UV Rays

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Black Girl Sunscreen will be on hand at Summer Jam, and as the Summer days begin we want to bring you important tips on protecting your skin!

When the sun is shining down, it’s tempting to bask in its warmth and enjoy the outdoors. But while the sun provides us with vitamin D and can lift our mood, it also exposes us to harmful UV rays that can damage our skin and increase our risk of skin cancer. In fact, skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States, but it can often be prevented through good sun safety practices.

Here are some tips for protecting yourself from the sun’s harmful rays:

  1. Wear Sunscreen: Sunscreen is perhaps the most important tool for protecting yourself from the sun. Look for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Apply a generous amount of sunscreen to all exposed skin 15 to 30 minutes before going outside. Remember to reapply every two hours or after swimming or sweating. A great brand to try is Black Girl Sunscreen.  Black Girl Sunscreen fights against sun damage, hyperpigmentation, and fine lines. BGS protects your skin from sun rays without leaving behind a white cast and also doubles as a moisturizing lotion.
  2. Seek Shade: When possible, seek out shaded areas during peak sun hours, which are typically from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Stay under an umbrella, tree, or other shelter to reduce your exposure to UV rays.
  3. Wear Protective Clothing: Hats, sunglasses, and clothing that covers your arms and legs can help protect your skin from the sun. Look for lightweight, loose-fitting clothing in light colors.
  4. Avoid Tanning Beds: Tanning beds emit UV rays that can cause skin damage and increase your risk of skin cancer. Instead of tanning beds, consider using self-tanning products if you want a tan appearance.
  5. Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated while outdoors. This is especially important when you’re sweating or spending a lot of time in the sun.

By following these simple steps, you can reduce your risk of skin damage and protect yourself from skin cancer. Remember to stay vigilant about sun safety, even on cloudy or overcast days, as UV rays can penetrate cloud cover. With a little awareness and effort, you can enjoy the sunshine safely and with peace of mind.