The sun’s harmful UV rays are ever-present. They never take a vacation, nor do they head south for the winter. They’re there on cloudy and overcast days. They’re there in the winter, and they reflect off of snow onto people to cause sun skin damage. However, they’re even more potent during the sun’s peak times each day. So with that in mind, exactly when is the best time of day that you should avoid the sun?
What Time Isn’t on Your Side?
The sun is at the peak of its power between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily; Daylight Savings Time notwithstanding. This is when its fullest impact can be felt. No one should ever go outside for any measurable length of time without the protection of sunscreen and other sun-safety precautions. And it’s even more important to utilize those protections between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. In fact, if possible it’s much better for you to simply not spend any time outside at all during those hours. But if you must, make sure to seek shade as often as you can; either naturally or artificially. Trees and awnings serve this purpose very well.
Parental Advice About the Sun
If you’re a parent or guardian of children, please make absolutely certain that they’re protected from the sun if they’re going outside. Not only should they apply sunscreen each and every time before leaving the house, they should be given the bottle so that frequent re-application will be easy.
It’s vital to explain to children and teens why sun-safety is so important. The sooner they get into the habit of safeguarding themselves, the better. The goal is for them to make sun-safety second nature for the rest of their lives. Also, any child who is six months old or younger should not be out in the sun at all. The biggest issue is that children who incur multiple sunburns during their childhoods are at a greater risk of contracting skin cancer when they’re older. So when it comes to sun exposure, remember; the less, the merrier.
Sun Safe Tips
Here are a couple of tips to help reduce the chances of sun skin damage. When you host events such as cookouts and parties, simply schedule them later in the day. If you start a summer cookout for when the sun’s peak hours conclude at 4 p.m., there’ll still be four or five hours of daylight left. Another good idea is to place bottles of sunscreen on all of the outdoor tables you’re using. That way, your guests can keep themselves protected even if they forgot to bring any of their own.
If you’ve accumulated a number of hats, wide-brimmed or otherwise, gather them up and place them outside where your guests can easily access them. And if you have any patio umbrellas, set them up. The more available shade, the better. Also, as part of the menu serve fruits such as watermelon and blueberries, along with iced green tea. All are known to provide sun protection from the inside out.
These are just a few of the many ways to keep you and others protected during the upcoming spring and summer months.
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