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Sun smarts: summer skin safety

Graphic by: Bailee Small
The last day of school begins May 23rd and the summer fun begins.

According to The Skin Cancer Foundation, over 90 percent of skin cancers are caused by sun exposure.

As the summer sun stretches its rays across the sky, many of us eagerly head outdoors to enjoy various activities. However, among the joy of beach trips, picnics, and outdoor adventures, the importance of protecting our skin from harmful UV radiation cannot be overstated. It’s crucial to adopt protective measures to ensure a safe and enjoyable summer season.

Understand the risks of sun exposure:

It’s essential to be aware of the risks associated with prolonged sun exposure. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation, emitted by the sun, is the primary cause of skin cancer, including melanoma, the deadliest form of the disease. According to the Centers for Disease  Control and Protection (CDC), UV exposure can lead to premature aging, wrinkles, and sunburns, which can increase the risk of skin cancer later in life.   Tips:

  1. Use broad-spectrum sunscreen: Opt for a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher and ensure it offers broad-spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays. Remember to reapply every two hours, especially after swimming or sweating.
  2. Seek shade: Limit direct sun exposure, particularly during peak hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Seek shade under umbrellas, trees, or awnings when spending time outdoors.
  3. Wear protective clothing: Cover up with lightweight, tightly woven clothing that shields your skin from the sun’s rays. Wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses with UV protection are also essential accessories.
  4. Avoid tanning beds: Steer clear of artificial sources of UV radiation, such as tanning beds, which can significantly increase the risk of skin cancer.
  5. Stay hydrated: Hydrated skin is more resilient to sun damage. Drink plenty of water throughout the day, especially when engaging in outdoor activities.
  6. Perform regular skin checks: Conduct self-examinations to monitor moles, freckles, and other skin abnormalities. Consult a dermatologist if you notice any changes in size, shape, or color.

“Growing up near the coast and as someone who burns very easily, I know the importance of protecting my skin,” freshman Ellea Abellanosa said. “My family always applies sunscreen before heading to the beach, and we make it a habit to reapply regularly.”

Skin safety should be a priority and by following expert advice like wearing sunscreen, seeking shade, and staying hydrated, we can enjoy the sun’s warmth while shielding our skin from harm. Remember, a few simple precautions today can protect your skin for years to come.

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Bailee Small
Bailee Small, Student Life Editor
Bailee Small is a sophomore at RCHS, and this is her second year in journalism. She is the section editor for student life for the school newspaper, The Cat’s Eye. Her favorite thing about journalism is being able to share stories and events of students and staff at RCHS. When she isn’t working on a story she loves to draw, and make jewelry. Small is also a  starter on the RCHS varsity tennis team. She is also a huge Marvel fan and loves reading comics and watching Marvel movies and shows.

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