June 21, 2018 2 min read

This year the astronomical summer starts Thursday 21 June, on a day which is known as the summer solstice.

Around this time we will enjoy the most daylight of the calendar year, as the sun reaches its most northern point in the sky at noon, local time.

Summer will come to an end on September 23.

Be sure to protect yourself from the deadly rays of the sun.

1. USE SUNCREEN REGULARLY

Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation is a major risk factor for most skin cancers, and sunlight is the main source of UV rays, according to the American Cancer Society.

Choosing the right sunscreen may seem harder than you think. Experts recommend sunscreen that is SPF30 and broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB protection). Sunscreen needs to be applied 30 minutes before going outside and re-applied every two hours. If you have swimming on your agenda, be sure to use water-resistant sunscreen and reapply when you get out of the water. 

2. WEAR A HAT

In addition to sunscreen, there are also clothing items that provide protection. Wear a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and long-sleeved shirt/pants when possible. UPF clothing provides additional protection from the sun.

3. SEEK SHADE

When outdoors, seek shade when possible. Standing under a tree, awning, or using an umbrella limits your direct exposure to the sun.  

4. AVOID THE SUN BETWEEN 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The strength of the damaging UV rays is based on various factors, including time of day, altitude and reflective surfaces. Utah’s high elevation makes the summer months more dangerous, contributing to the fact that Utah has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the nation.

Avoid being out in the sun between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm, when the sun’s rays are the strongest.  

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