Zach’s Weather Whys: Sunburn protection

Zach's Weather Whys

PEORIA, Ill. — It’s summertime and that means more people hitting the pool and spending time outdoors.

That also means more people could be getting a nasty sunburn. There’s a few key things to remember to avoid getting burnt. Sunlight is strongest during the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., that’s why it is best to stay inside before or after that. If you have to be out – stay in shaded areas as much as possible.

Grab the sunblock with an spf rating of at least 30 to keep most ultraviolet rays from damaging your skin, of course a higher rating is better. Remember to reapply it every 15-30 minutes.

You might be tempted to let your guard down when cooling off at the pool or lake, this is actually one of the worst places to be without sun protection. Radiation from the sun will reflect off the water or sand and shine right at you. This will only accelerate the sun burning process.

Very light brown or white sand tends to reflect sunshine more effectively. Another thing to take into account is wearing the right type of shirt. If you hold your shirt up to the light and can see through it, you bet the sun’s rays will pass right through that.

By following these few tips, you can enjoy your summer the right way.

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