Having Fun in the Sun
Schools are out, pools are open and summer is rapidly approaching. The sun is high over head and the hot weather has already arrived. Finally, there is time to enjoy these long gorgeous summer days and it's the perfect time to take a trip to the beach or lay out by the pool.
It's important to keep in mind that while there are several health benefits we get from the sun, such as Vitamin D synthesis permitting an adequate diet we also must have caution! Make sure to apply a sunscreen with a SPF of 15 or greater to protect from UVA and UVB, this doesn't just apply to summer, but year round as well. Keep in mind that the highest amount of UV rays from the sun happen between 10am and 4pm. Additionally, sunglasses that block 100% of UV" rays or ones that say "UV absorption up to 400nm" are idea for optimal eye protection.
As a medical student, part of my longing for career in medicine stemmed from my interest in skin cancer. I am fairer in the skin spectrum so I have always had some caution in outdoor activities. I burn easily and have experienced a few painful sunburns in my life that I would never wish on anyone. I now take extra precautions to ensure my protection from the sun in any outdoor activity. I wear hats and sunglasses, I use sunscreen and I make sure to take a daily vitamin D supplement. Vitamin D has so many health benefits for us so it is essential we get an adequate amount daily. I usually live in a library with no windows, I have have to make sure I take my supplement daily.
Now that the summer is here and school is out I finally have the chance to enjoy the outdoors, safely.
Additional sun safety tips can be found here.
Have fun this summer, but be safe!