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Three Ways To Protect Yourself From UV Radiation (Without Missing Out On Sunny Days)

by Javier Bell

Sunny days are enjoyable for most people, especially when the fall and winter seasons arrive. Soaking up a little sunshine can help to stave off seasonal affective disorder, and it can help your body to make the Vitamin D it needs. However, if you're recovering from skin cancer, it's important to avoid as much UV radiation as possible. Thankfully, you don't have to avoid these days entirely, nor do you have to slather on the sunscreen. Read on to learn about three other ways to protect yourself from excess UV radiation.

UV Protective Clothing

Wearing any kind of clothing helps to shield you from a little bit of UV radiation, but not all fabrics are created equally. A white t-shirt filters out 4/5ths of the UV radiation you're exposed to, but the good news is you don't have to avoid wearing white to get all the UV protection you need.

Many articles of clothing are now sold with UPF ratings on the label. This rating lets you know that it helps to protect you from UV radiation. The higher the UPF number, the more UV radiation you're shielded from. Thankfully, many clothes with UPF ratings are white, so you can still wear that color if you want to.

Hats and Umbrellas

There's a lot to be said for creating a shadow around your feet. While you'll miss out on a little bit of the sun's direct rays, wearing a hat or carrying an umbrella can do a lot to protect you from UV radiation.

Hats and umbrellas are a great protective method because they don't add extra fabric to the majority of your body, and they keep the sun out of your eyes. This can help to shield your face, neck, and shoulders, which are some of the parts of the body that get the most sun exposure and thus are most at risk of skin damage.

Face Visors

Lastly, a face visor is a great way of protecting your eyes, face, and ears from excessive UV radiation.

UV face visors are intended to filter out UV light the same way that sunglasses do. The only difference is, UV face visors are built like welding masks. You can adjust the visor itself to be above your head or directly in front of your face, where it will do an excellent job of blocking UV radiation. It's even more effective when combined with sunglasses!

Avoiding excessive UV radiation can help to protect your skin from serious problems in the future. If you've survived skin cancer, you need to take every precaution to prevent its return. Talk to a dermatologist if you have further questions regarding skin cancer surgery in your area.