We’re still in the midst of the summer sun. By now the kids, and yourself, might have a slight “kissed from the sun” glow to your skin. But it’s never too late to stay vigilant against the damaging UV rays that cause sunburn, premature aging or skin cancer.
With so many products on the market it may be hard to make an informed decision while the kids are waiting in the car (air conditioner running) and the cooler is packed with healthy snacks. Everyone just wants to get to the river (lake or ocean). You hear in your head “c’mon, let’s just go, I won’t burn, I promise.” But you’re too smart for that.
Here is a list of the top 10 sunscreens to protect your kids. Remember to read the directions and re-apply as often as instructed.
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Are your sunglasses a fashion statement? Whether they are or not, wear them to protect your eyes from the sun. The sun’s UV rays can hurt your eyes any time of year, even on overcast days. The damage adds up over your lifetime, and it can lead to vision problems like cataracts.
Before you buy sunglasses, here are some things to consider:
- Choose sunglasses that block 100 percent of UVA and UVB rays
- Green, brown or gray lenses are best
- Bigger is better
- Wraparound styles can block rays that sneak in from the side
- Wearing a hat with your shades gives you even more protection
Make your sunglasses a daily habit. Even kids who spend much time outdoors should protect their eyes from UV rays.
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Summer is officially here in the Pacific Northwest! We are enjoying the warm weather and many of us are planning our vacations. That being said, this also brings to mind sun safety and skin cancer awareness. Did you know that skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States? Many of us think it won’t happen to me.
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation “more than 3.5 million skin cancers in over two million people are diagnosed annually. Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon. And one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.”
The good news is that this may be preventable! Read More
The topic of sunscreen use is filled with controversy and misconceptions. Here are a few of the common misconceptions provided by eDoc regarding the use of sunscreens to preventing skin damage from sunburn:
Misconception #1 – The SPF is an indication of sunscreen protection across the entire ultraviolet light spectrum. The sun emits two types of ultraviolet light—UVB, which causes sunburn and can lead to skin cancer, and UVA, which causes wrinkles and deeper skin damage that can also lead to skin cancer. Most people know that SPF stands for sun protection factor. What is less well known is that this is a measure of how well the sunscreen deflects UVB rays only. Sunscreens that pass the Federal Drug Administration’s (FDA) broad spectrum test, however, will have demonstrated that they also provide UVA protection that is proportional to their UVB protection.
Misconception #2 – Read More
Sunshine and summer vacation brings bug bites and sunburns. Before you invest in a spendy bottle of bug-off or sun-off, know which choices are safest for health and the environment. Read More
How was your 4th of July? If it was anything like mine, you had a party with a lot of great food. This, combined with swimsuit season quickly approaching, I thought it would be appropriate to write today about weight management.
Eating a well-balanced diet gives your body the nutrients it needs to stay healthy and within a normal range. As you might have guessed, fruits and vegetables are the foundation of a healthy diet. It is recommended that adults get 4 ½ to 9 cups of fruits and vegetables each day. Make the most of these servings by including a variety of fruits and vegetables in your diet, in an array of colors. Eat the rainbow so to speak. Read More
Well…we are in June but the sun does not want to come out here in the Pacific Northwest. When it does, I will be ready with my new sunglasses. Do you know how to pick stylish yet protective eyewear? Let’s take a look at the article below from our eHealth team.
New sunglasses are usually selected for their frames, the size of the lenses, or for a particular coating on the lenses, rather than considering the amount of protection that they afford. It is important to remember that the most important job for sunglasses is to prevent damage to the eyes from the sun’s harmful rays. Fortunately, with a little knowledge about Ultraviolet (UV) radiation and sunglasses technology, fashion does not have to take a backseat to safety.
Summer is in full swing and people are enjoying the sunshine. With that being the case, do you know how to protect yourself and your family from sunburns? And if you get a sunburn, do you know what to do?