When to pro­tect your skin

Wellness Update - - CLEVLAND CLINIC -

UV rays are their strong­est from 10 am to 4 pm Seek shade dur­ing those times to en­sure the least amount of harm­ful UV ra­di­a­tion ex­po­sure. When ap­ply­ing sun­screen be sure to reap­ply to all ex­posed skin at least 20 min­utes be­fore go­ing out­side. Reap­ply sun­screen ev­ery two hours, even on cloudy days, and af­ter swim­ming or sweat­ing.

Pro­tect­ing your eyes

UV rays can also pen­e­trate the struc­tures of your eyes and cause cell dam­age. Ac­cord­ing to the CDC, some of the more com­mon sun-re­lated vi­sion prob­lems in­clude cataracts, mac­u­lar de­gen­er­a­tion, and ptery­gium (non-can­cer­ous growth of the con­junc­tiva that can ob­struct vi­sion). • Wear a wide-brimmed hat To pro­tect your vi­sion, wear a wide-brimmed hat that keeps your face and eyes shaded from the sun at most an­gles. • Wear wrap-around style sun­glass with 99 or higher UV block­Ef­fec­tive sun­glasses should block glare, block 99 to 100% of UV rays, and have a wrap­around shape to pro­tect eyes from most an­gles.

Us­ing the UV in­dex

When plan­ning your out­door ac­tiv­i­ties, you can de­cide how much sun pro­tec­tion you need by check­ing the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency's (EPA) UV in­dex. This in­dex mea­sures the daily in­ten­sity of UV rays from the sun on a scale of 1 to 11. A low UV in­dex re­quires min­i­mal pro­tec­tion, whereas a high UV in­dex re­quires max­i­mum pro­tec­tion. -This in­for­ma­tion pro­vided cour­tesy of U.S. Depart­ment of Health and Hu­man Ser­vices

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