|Written by dazedaze|
Fun in the sun Sun exposure is a great way of obtaining vitamin D which is important to our overall health; however, unprotected sun exposure will cause health issues which can be prevented if you have fun in the sun safely.
People are at great risk of developing eye damage, skin damage, immune system suppression and even skin cancer if the proper precautions arenā€™t taken when being out in the sun. Practicing safe habits and when having fun in the sun will reduce the possibilities of developing any of the risks.
Learn the shadow rule. The sun's dangerous rays are most harmful when the sun is high in the sky. This will create a short shadow. If you have a short shadow, make sure to stay in the shaded area to protect your skin from sun burns and later in life skin cancer.
The sun's strongest between the hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is best you stay indoors at these hours or shaded areas to prevent sun damage.
Apply sunscreen whenever you will be exposed to the sun. A sun protection factor of 15 and higher is best! Reapply as needed (i.e., after getting yourself wet).Don't forget your ears and feet!
Using a hat and sunglasses is ideal to keep your eyes and ears from getting sun damaged. Also, wear clothing made of tightly woven fabrics which won't allow sun to go through them.