Why the sun is a killer

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Everybody loves a lazy day by the pool or a relaxing trip to the beach. These are an integral part of most vacations. Since as far back as most people can remember, each time we pull out the swimwear, there is a sense of excitement. Of course along with all this excitement, the same warning rings through our head from the countless times we have heard it from our parents or loved ones. “Carry your sunscreen. Don’t get burnt.”

The harmful effects of the suns UV rays on our skin have been well documented over the years. In school we learnt about the depletion of the ozone layer due to pollution, putting us all at greater risk. Since that time, unfortunately the situation has not improved much. While some people might be more susceptible to damage caused by these rays, all of us need to be wary of the harm caused by prolonged, unprotected exposure to the sun. People that work in jobs that keep them outdoors or are involved with an outdoor sport where they spend many hours a day in the sun are especially vulnerable due to the sheer amount of time they spend under direct sunlight. Still it is not only such people that are vulnerable to skin ailments caused by UV rays.

With pollution in urban areas becoming a larger factor affecting more and more cities across the world, the threat to our skin has only intensified. While our body has some natural defenses against a certain amount of sunlight, when pollution is added to the mix, the potential damage is often too much for our bodies to fight. It provides a dangerous combination that our natural defenses can not cope with.

Modern technology has made it possible for us to protect ourselves from the effects of the sun. For many years now, we have had a variety of sunscreen lotions in the market that we can use to shield ourselves. Depending on our needs, we can choose a specific type that offers us just the right amount of protection for the right amount of time.  Most people that spend time in the sun have a decent idea of how they can protect themselves. Both access and information has become common and the threat is known to the masses.

With each passing year, more research is conducted in the field, giving us a better idea of what our best bet is when it comes to protecting ourselves. Even though we have been using sunscreen and sunglasses from time in memorial, we learn more about what makes them effective and how best to employ them.

On the other hand there is a constant flow of new innovative technology entering the market, making it more comfortable for us to protect ourselves. Innovations like the Remco Pool enclosures take the hassle away. Built as a structure around the swimming pool it blocks out 98% of the suns UV rays protecting everyone inside the pool or lounging around it.

In the long run, all the protection in the world is no good unless we are aware of using it when required. Research is continuously showing that the risk we face is not restricted to the obvious times of exposure to direct rays but also after. While this might sound bleak to most concerned people, there is no need to get overly worried.

The solution to this problem is relatively simple. The best protection we can provide for ourselves and our loved ones is the developing of good habits. Instead of reminding everyone to put on sunscreen it is better to make sure the people around us reach for it out of habit. A great example of enforcing such behavior through habit is the the coach of a junior football team who added a yellow tinged sunscreen to his team’s matching yellow jersey. Each time the kids on the team put on their jersey for a game or practice, they knew that the sunscreen that goes with it is a part of their kit, as important as their shoes or shin guards.

It is little things like this that are far more effective than having a cabinet full of different kinds of sun blocks but not using them regularly.

As humans, the outdoors have always had an allure that has been difficult to deny. Staying safe does not mean avoiding any outdoor activity completely. That would be an extreme reaction to the threat and sometimes might lead to another set of health issues. As long as we stay aware and vigilant, there is nothing to worry about.  A day of fun in the sun is and always will be one of the most wholesome, universally appealing outings for people of all ages and it would be foolish to try and cut it out from our lives completely.

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