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Autumn Sun Protection Tips October 20, 2011

Never put your sunscreen away!  Even as the temperatures start to drop you need to remember that sunscreen is as important as always.  If you question my year round committment to sun protection please keep a few things in mind (these facts are from The Skin Cancer Foundation):

The sun’s damaging ultraviolet (UV) radiationcan harm your skin, regardless of the temperature. The majority of the UV rays that hit the earth, in fact, are ultraviolet A (UVA) rays, which are present in about equal intensity throughout the year. Sun protection is a year-round commitment!

Excessive exposure to UV radiation is considered the main cause of approximately 90 percent of all skin cancers, and is also associated with eye damage, including cataracts; premature skin aging; and reduced immune system functioning.

Fall weather is usually nice enough to enable you to spend time outdoors, and many people still participate in outdoor activities this time of year along with being spectators at outdoor sporting events (baseball season isn’t over yet and football season is going strong).  If you are participating in outdoor sports and simply a spectator to a game be sure to not only use sunscreen but to also wear protective clothes, a hat, and sunglasses.  And just like you would in the summer – seek shade when outside particularly between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm.

Make sun protection a year round priority and you’ll reap the benefits of healthy and beautiful skin.

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