The Dangers of UV Light Exposure: How to Protect Yourself
On a sunny day, it’s hard to resist the temptation to head outside and soak up some rays. But while a little sun can do you good, too much sun can be dangerous. Fortunately, there are ways to protect yourself from the harmful effects of UV radiation. In recognition of UV Awareness Month, we’ll discuss the dangers of UV radiation and how to protect you and your family from its harmful rays.
What is ultraviolet radiation?
Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is a type of electromagnetic radiation that is invisible to the human eye. UV radiation is found in sunlight, and it can also be produced by man-made sources such as tanning beds and welding torches.
There are two types of UV radiation: UVA and UVB. UVA rays are the main cause of premature aging of the skin, while UVB rays are the main cause of skin cancer. Both types of UV radiation can be harmful to your health if you’re exposed to too much of it.
What are the dangers of UV light exposure?
Overexposure to UV radiation can cause a number of health problems, including sun burn, skin cancer, eye damage, and immune system suppression. Despite the dangers of UV light exposure, many people don’t take the necessary precautions to protect themselves from it. This is especially true during the summer months when the sun’s UV rays are strongest.
Who’s at risk of UV light exposure?
Everyone is at risk of UV light exposure. However, some people are at a higher risk than others. You’re at higher risk if you:
- spend a lot of time outdoors,
- have a fair complexion, or
- live in a sunny climate.
Additionally, children and the elderly are also at higher risk.
How can you protect yourself from UV light exposure?
UV light exposure is a leading cause of skin cancer, so it’s important to take steps to protect yourself from its harmful effects. There are a few simple things you can do to reduce your risk of skin cancer from UV light exposure.
First, avoid sun exposure during the peak hours of UV radiation, which are generally between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you must be outdoors during these hours, make sure to wear protective clothing, such as long sleeves and a hat. You should also apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 to any exposed skin.
Second, try to avoid tanning beds and sunlamps, as these also emit harmful UV rays. If you must use a tanning bed or sunlamp, make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for safe use.
Take the time to protect yourself from UV light exposure, and you’ll be doing your part to reduce your risk of developing skin cancer and other health problems.
Talk to our team at Healthy Complexions Spa by Western New York Dermatology today to schedule a skin evaluation! Call us at (716) 300-1444.