Now that summer is just around the corner, it can be easy for us to find ourselves spending quite an amount of time out in the sun. Unfortunately, all of that fun can lead to our bodies being exposed to damaging UV rays. If you are unsure of how much risk you are at from these rays, July is UV Safety Awareness Month, so what better time to learn than now?
UV rays are emitted from the sun and are a form of radiation. The two main rays that are of concern from sunlight are classified as UVA and UVB rays. UVB rays are on a short wavelength, and can reach the outer layer of your skin, while UVAs feature longer wavelengths and can reach the middle layer of your skin, notes the Department of Health & Human Services. Not protecting yourself from these rays can lead to a number of issues for your skin beyond just sunburn, including premature aging, skin cancer and suppression of your immune system.
In addition to damaging your skin, these rays can really do a number on your eyes as well. Too much exposure to UV rays in your eyes can cause vision problems and damage parts of your eye. That’s why it’s so important to protect yourself from these harmful rays.
Ways to protect you skin include wearing the right sunscreen that will protect you for the duration of the time you’re in the sun and choosing to wear long-sleeved shirts and pants if you’ll be in the sun for long periods of time.
For your eyes, you have a few options. Wearing a hat is a good way to keep the sun out of your eyes and preventing your head from getting burnt. Another option you have is sunglasses, especially ones that are designed to block all UV rays. All of the glasses from Real Kids Shades are made to block out 100 percent of UVA and UVB rays, keeping your little ones’ eyes healthy so they can enjoy summer year after year.
Real Kids Shades offers a wide variety of affordable sunglasses for young kids ranging from babies to young adults. For more information on our products or to purchase some of our sunglasses, call us today at 800-283-1106!