The sun here in the High Desert can be pretty brutal in the summer, and has serious long-term risks since we are such a high elevation. Here are some steps you can take to protect your skin, avoid sun burns, as well as skin cancer.
SPF- Always wear sunscreen with a high SPF and that protects against UVA and UVB. Apply 15-30 minutes before going outside and re-apply as needed (about every 2 hours). If swimming, make sure you are using a water-resistant sunscreen, and be sure to re-apply! Sunscreen should be an everyday step in the morning, even if it’s a cloudy day.
Wear Hats- Sun hats with big rims are a good way to protect your head, face, shoulders and arms from the damaging rays.
Umbrellas- Big sun/beach umbrellas are a good way to shade the whole, or most of the body. They are great for protecting babies and small children when they get too warm.
Wear your shades- The sun can be very damaging to the eyes so always wear sunglasses when in the sun, even if it’s a little cloudy outside.
Clothing– You can wear breathable clothing that covers the majority of the body, while staying somewhat cool. Go for dark, tightly woven clothing to prevent sun rays getting to the skin.
Have fun this summer, and protect that skin!
The Jones Group