July is UV Safety Month

By Rosanne Ullman | 06/20/2014 12:01:00 PM

 

click image to zoomPhotography: Kraig Scarbinsky for Getty Images This year, July 4 falls on a Friday, and the entire country will be celebrating Independence Day all weekend! That means barbecues, softball games, parades, carnivals, beach visits—lots of outdoor activities. But did you know that July 3 is Stay Out of the Sun Day?

No one seems to know where that “holiday” originated, and you probably have never marked it on your calendar. But all of July is National UV Safety Month. Even if you don’t shun the sun for an entire day, midsummer is a good time to remind ourselves to have a little respect for the big bright globe in the sky by guarding our skin. The price for spending too much sun-worship time can be melanoma.

It’s best to:
*Limit your total sun exposure.
*Avoid exposing your skin to the midday sun—between the hours of 10 am and 3 pm. Hats and sleeves help!
*Even on a cloudy day, apply SPF 15 sunscreen 20-30 minutes before you go outside, and reapply every two hours or more often if you’re swimming or sweating.
*Wear sunglasses to protect both your eyes and the skin around the eyes.
*Wear SPF 15 lip balm.

City of Hope recommends checking your entire body often and calling your doctor if you see any of the ABCDE red flags, shown on the slide show below (images are courtesy of City of Hope).

 

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Rosanne Ullman

Rosanne Ullman, Project Editor | Modern Salon Media

Rosanne has been writing for the salon division of Vance Publishing for more than 30 years, contributing landmark articles ranging from a year-long historical series in the 1990s marking MODERN SALON's 75th anniversary to a more recent, comprehensive tribute to Vidal Sassoon's impact on the industry. She was involved in the conceptual planning for First Chair and has directed several of Modern Salon Media's custom publishing projects. Rosanne holds a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University's famed Medill School and contributes to her community through three elected terms on her local school board.

Rosanne is our go-to provider for Modern Salon Media's Healthy Hairdresser e-newsletter. You can e-mail Rosanne Ullman at rullman@vancepublishing.com.

 


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