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06/07/2021


Protect Your Skin from the Sun


Harsh ultraviolet ray exposure increases chances of skin cancer and sun damage. Your skin contains pigment called melanin. People with light skin have less melanin and burn easier. Melanin protects your skin but when it is exposed to ultraviolet rays, the skin darkens. Once the rays reach the inner skin layers, you get a sunburn. This is what causes the skin cells to die, damage or develop cancer. Getting some sun is good for you! The body needs vitamin D, just be cautious of over exposure.


Too much sun exposure can lead to:

  • Freckles and moles

  • Skin cancer

  • Lowered immune system

  • Eye injuries


Here are some ways to protect your skin and eyes!


Eyes

Wear sunglasses or hats


Skin

  • Limit amount of time in the sun. Take breaks!’

  • Wear sunscreen and reapply!

  • Cover up


Sunscreen Cautions:

  • Oxybenzone and octocrylene have been linked to disrupt hormones

  • Retinyl palmitate breaks down with sun exposure and can harm the skin further

  • Sprays are not FDA approved


Reef-safe sunscreens are not only good for the ocean and environment but good for your skin. They tend to use natural ingredients and are not as harsh on the skin.

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