The sun is a wondrous natural element that gives off heat and keeps you warm. It is also a free and natural source of Vitamin D that is needed by the body. And you must probably know that Vitamin D regulates the absorption of nutrients in the body to help you develop stronger bones and teeth. A good regular dose of Vitamin D also keeps you from suffering bone problems like osteoporosis (fragile bones) and osteomalacia (soft bones).
As the heat of the sun benefits the body, its UV rays can also cause damage not only to your skin but your eyes. Prolonged exposure to UV rays can cause your skin to develop wrinkles and age prematurely. Worse, it can cause skin cancer or basal cell carcinoma.
In recognition of July being UV Safety Month, here are some easy ways to protect yourself from UV rays while still enjoying the outdoors.
• Wear sunglasses. Sunglasses are functional as they are stylish. Needless to say, the glaring heat of the sun and the blinding light can cause eye damage. Apart from being a great accessory that adds flair to your outfit of the day, sunglasses can protect your eyes from the sun’s bright light and harmful UV rays.
• Wear a hat. Just like sunglasses, hats are not for fashion alone. The right hat or sun visor can be worn to protect your head and your eyes from the heat of the sun and against the harmful UV rays.
• Wear a scarf or bandana. While you may think scarfs are for winter only, you’d be mistaken. Scarfs and bandanas also protect your skin from the sun’s UV rays. These fashion accessories come in different styles and designs so you can match and wear them with your fashion staples.