Nature and Environment

Because at 160,000 years, the party is just getting started.

Add to My MSN

Earth Gauge Tip of the Week — Stay Safe In the Sun

7/10/2013 4:38:00 PM

Tags: natural health, sun safety, Earth Gauge

EG

The sun emits radiation in the form of ultraviolet (UV) radiation. UV radiation is at its highest when andStay Safe In The Sun where the sun’s rays are the strongest. This means that UV levels will be highest around noon on a clear sunny day, as well as during the summer months. UV levels will also be highest near surfaces that reflect sunlight, such as water, snow and sand. Exposure to UV can cause sunburn, skin aging, skin cancer and eye damage.  While skin cancer is largely preventable, it is the most common form of cancer in the United States – one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. (See state-by-state statistics about skin cancer from EPA.)

Viewer Tip: July is UV Safety Month. Stay safe in the sun with these tips:

Wear sunscreen: Sunscreens with SPF (Sun Protection Factor) 15 and above provide protection by preventing UV radiation from reaching your skin. Reapply every two hours and after swimming, working or exercising outside.

Wear sunglasses: Protect your eyes with sunglasses that have 100 percent UV protection. Check the label for the protection level.

Work and play in the shade: When you are outside, wear tightly woven clothing and a wide brimmed hat to reduce the amount of UV radiation coming into contact with your skin. Remember that pets need shade, too.

Before you head outside, check the EPA’s UV Index.



Related Content

Best Sun Protection for Sun Loving Gardeners

Dog days of summer? Yes, but there is still a lot of the grwoing season left. Protect yourself from ...

Role of Milankovitch Cycles and Sunspots in Climate Change

This posting discusses the role of the Milankovitch Cycles in initating glaical/interglacial periods...

New Convenient Packets for HEALx Booster and Sunshine Factor Pet Foods

Squeezable packets eliminate the need to measure.

Support Better Sunscreen Labels & Safer Products

If you've got an opinion on safer sunscreen, let you voice be heard! The FDA just proposed updating ...

Content Tools




Post a comment below.

 










Subscribe Today - Pay Now & Save 66% Off the Cover Price

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
Email:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Lighten the Strain on the Earth and Your Budget

MOTHER EARTH NEWS is the guide to living — as one reader stated — “with little money and abundant happiness.” Every issue is an invaluable guide to leading a more sustainable life, covering ideas from fighting rising energy costs and protecting the environment to avoiding unnecessary spending on processed food. You’ll find tips for slashing heating bills; growing fresh, natural produce at home; and more. MOTHER EARTH NEWS helps you cut costs without sacrificing modern luxuries.

At MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we are dedicated to conserving our planet’s natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. That’s why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.00 (USA only).

You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.00 for 6 issues.