The end of March marks the start of the summer season. Filipinos also call it the Fire Prevention Month, as the Philippine Statistics Authority has documented high records of fire incidents during this time of the year and are reminding people to be more cautious than usual. Different government bodies, particularly the Bureau of Fire and Protection, are concentrating on efforts to educate the public about fire safety. This includes information regarding the ideal generic medicines in the Philippines they can take in case they suffer burns.
It is also important to note that people should also be focusing their attention on the harmful effects of the harsh ultraviolet (UV) rays to their skin and body during the summer. After all, we are more prone numerous sun-related skin diseases at this time.
Put your shades on
Wearing shades or sunglasses is vital in protecting your eyes, as well as the skin surrounding it, from the sun. Some research has been done that show how UV rays can cause you to develop certain eye diseases.
But don’t just buy any kind of sunglasses. Look for ones with a label that states “Meets ANSI UV Requirements” or “UV absorption up to 400 nm.” If it doesn’t have any label, then you can safely assume that it barely has any UV protection at all, even if it does look trendy.
Bring an umbrella or wear a hat
Here’s a not-so-fun fact: skin cancer can mostly develop around your ears and neck area. This is why experts are always suggesting for people to wear a hat or bring an umbrella with them whenever they are heading out.
There are now umbrellas with UV protection available in the market, so you can be sure that it is protecting you from the sun’s harmful rays. If you want to opt for a hat instead, be sure to wear one that can cover your scalp, nose, forehead, eyes, and ears. A shade cap would be the most appropriate choice.
Sunscreen or sunblock shouldn’t only be worn during your beach days. Apply it every time you expect you’ll be under the sun for long periods of time. There are several kinds of sunscreen you can choose from, which includes sprays, gels, ointments, creams, and lotions. Just make sure to follow their labels on how to apply them best, and to know how often to reapply!
Wear appropriate clothing
It’s tempting to wear skin-baring clothes all the time, but it is unwise to do so. Opt for clothes that cover the skin, such as long skirts or dresses, pants, and long-sleeved shirts to protect your whole body from UV rays. It doesn’t have to be uncomfortably hot, as long as you make wise choices with regards to the style and fabric.
Even better, avoid heading out during peak sun hours if you can, which is between 10:00 in the morning to 3:00 in the afternoon.
Summer months are generally fun. But you still need to be aware of all the risks and hazards that can be caused by the sun during this time. For overall UV protection, just follow this guideline posted above and you’ll be safe and good to go!