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Fall is here. Time to put away your
sunscreen and sun protective clothing...? Not so fast!
Many people think that once summer is over, they no longer have to pay attention to sun protection. As explained below, good sun protection strategies are important year round.
The sun’s damaging ultraviolet (UV) radiation can harm your skin,
regardless of the temperature or the time of the year. While it is true that
there are less of the skin burning Ultraviolet B (UVB) rays during the non
summer months, the majority of the UV rays that reach the earth are Ultraviolet A
(UVA) rays. UVA rays are present in equal intensity throughout the year and that means that sun
protection should be a year-round commitment.
Skin cancer is not the only risk
of over exposure to UV rays. UVA rays have long been referred to as the “Aging”
rays and UVB referred to as the "Burning" rays. UVA is called the "Aging" rays, because they can cause wrinkles and premature aging of the skin in addition to contributing to skin cancer. UVA rays penetrate deeper into the skin than
UVB rays and UVA can cause cosmetic and DNA changes to
the skin as well as contribute to collagen loss. When you see someone who has
excessive wrinkles, brown spots or “liver spots” those are a result of UVA
exposure. For some people, preventing wrinkles is more important than protecting against skin cancer. Whatever your motivation...protect yourself throughout the year.
So how do you protect yourself? Follow our Sun SafeTee Tips and use
a good sunscreen that offers both UVA and UVB protection, wear that wide brim
hat, wear sunglasses and UPF rated garments. www.sunsafetee.org
The difference between a grape
and a raisin is the raisin has spent more time in the sun. Don’t become a raisin, use our Sun
SafeTee Tips year round!
November 9 National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention Washington, D.C.
December 5,6 National Golf Coaches Association Convention Las Vegas, NV
December 12 Total Golf Adventures Annual Convention Phoenix, AZ
December 26 Patriot Invitational Golf Tournament Phoenix, AZ Link to our website