It’s amazing how good the sun makes us feel. It is not only that it gets us in a good mood, it is good and vital for our health as well. We all need some exposure to it. The sun allows us to metabolize vitamin D, which helps our bodies absorb calcium for stronger, healthier bones.
Nonetheless, like everything in life, if we abuse our time in the sun it could be harmful to our health.
We don’t need much time in the sun to get all the vitamin D needed, but repeated unprotected exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause skin damage, eye damage, immune system suppression, and skin cancer.
Summer is heating up and people make the most of it, enjoying the outdoors. At Mile Hi Rafting we are all about the outdoors and we have learned the importance of taking good care of our health. Therefore, today we want to share some sun safety tips.
Based on the rates at which people developed or died from melanoma of the skin in 2011, which is the most recent year with numbers available. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Colorado is in 3rd place with a rate between 20.5 and 22.8 per 100.000 people.
Experts stated that in the U.S., medical costs to treat skin cancer are estimated at almost $2 billion annually. However, with simple precautions we can protect ourselves and be safe from over exposure.
Avoid Dangerous Hours
Try to seek a shade when the sun is at its highest overhead and therefore strongest, usually from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., depending where on Earth you live. Even on cloudy, cool, or overcast days, UV rays travel through the clouds and reflect off sand, water, and even concrete.
These days, you can buy a sunscreen basically anywhere. Multiple varieties and prices might be confusing, but the most important thing to consider before buying sunscreen is its sun protection factor.
Look for SPF of 30 or higher to prevent sunburn and tanning. No matter how bad we want a wild tan, both are signs of skin damage. Besides you probably don’t want to be in pain with a red lobster look…
There is no better way to avoid sun damage than wearing clothes as a shield to screen out UV rays. At any sport or bike shops you will be able to find sleeves, hats and special outdoor clothes.
Enjoy the Outdoors Safely
Make the most of this summer, experimenting a thrilling adventure with Mile Hi Rafting. Live adventurous Colorado like never before. Contact Mile Hi today, book your exciting tour and don’t overexpose yourself to the sun.