HOW WE LOVE THE OUTDOORS!
- Sunlight includes rays of UV radiation.
- Exposure can lead to sunburn, premature skin aging, and skin cancer.
- UV rays damage the DNA of skin cells, which can cause skin cancer.
When playing outside is how you get your fun, it’s important to know how to stay protected from the sun. Wearing a UPF sun protective hat is one of the best ways to play it safe. When choosing a hat, make sure that it is designed for sun protection and tested to confirm its Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF). UPF is the system that rates a fabric’s effectiveness against both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) light. Ratings are accompanied by a number to indicate the level of protection. The higher the number, the greater the protection.
- Sun-sensitivity: People with fair skin tend to burn easily and are more vulnerable to UV rays. Be aware! Even if you have a darker skin tone and rarely burn, you can still develop skin cancer.
- Children: Kids have thinner, more sensitive skin. Sun damage at an early age can also increase their risk later in life. And since 80% of skin damage happens before the age of 18, it’s good to get kids started with smart sun protection early.
- High-elevations: People who spend lots of time outdoors at high elevations are exposed to more intense UV rays. With less atmosphere to absorb damaging rays, it’s important to stay protected at altitude. Snow and water also intensify the absorption of UV rays. Sunday Afternoons sun-protective hats feature dark underbrims that reduce glare and reflect UV rays.
BUT WHAT ABOUT SPF?
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- Wear a wide brim UPF 50+ hat.
- When possible, wear UV-protective clothing.
- Wear sunglasses that offer 100% UV ray protection.
- Liberally apply sunscreen with a high SPF rating to all exposed areas of skin. Remember to reapply every 80 minutes to ensure proper coverage.
- Monitor—and limit—the amount of time you expose yourself to UV radiation, especially during peak daylight hours— roughly from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Remember that filtered sun can still damage your skin, so protect yourself on cloudy days, too.