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Health: Sunrise, Sunscreen, Sunset, Repeat

This week, the Warrior Word is introducing a new column (Health) introduced by staff writer Abbey Lazar (11th grade). This new column will discuss relevant health topics in the world around us as well as relevant health advice. Consistent with the approach of summer, the following article talks about the importance of sunscreen application:

As summer approaches, we must ensure that our skin is protected while enjoying the weather. Too much sun exposure to rays is damaging to our health, and we must take precautions while having fun. Although tans may look good at the moment, it is actually your body’s response to sun damage.

After repeated tanning, your risk for skin cancer increases, as does your risk for other dangerous skin complications. Although not as serious, sun rays can cause wrinkles and dark spots on your skin. Even on cloudy days, sunscreen should be applied. Dangerous UVA rays can even pass through the glass windows in your cars and homes. Keep in mind that sunlight reflects off of sand and water, so we need to be extra wary at the beach.

Sunscreen needs to be put on 15 minutes before sun exposure, and then again 2 hours later. The safest sunscreens are the ones with an SPF of 30 or greater, as this will block 97 percent of the sun's rays. You should also look out for sunscreens that are labeled with “broad spectrum” because this blocks both UVB (ultraviolet b-rays) and UVA (ultraviolet a-rays). An overexposure to UVB or UVA is very unhealthy because it can damage skin cells and cause sunburns. Stick sunscreens are best rather than spray because the spray can easily miss spots on your skin.

Another way to shield yourself from the sun's rays is by looking for clothing with an ultraviolet protection factor of 50. That’s the amount of light that will pass through the cloth and reach the skin.

It is crucial that you protect your skin this summer and hopefully, these steps will ensure skin safety and health.

By: Abbey Lazar (11th)

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