Sun Protection in Colorado

admin June 25, 2010 0

Colorado is one of the best places to spend summer in because of how sunny and hot it gets without being exhausting like other humid places. However, Colorado is a mile above sea level, which means that not only can you get a faster tan but also the sunrays are even more intense.

Forty-six percent of Coloradans report being sunburned at least once a year. Many people do not wear sun block or reapply as often as they should. On cloudy days, 70 to 80 percent of damaging sunrays penetrate through to people’s skin.

People in Colorado should wear at least a waterproof SPF 30 sun block and apply it 30 minutes before going outside so that your skin has enough time to soak it in. If you are swimming it is important to reapply each time you get out of the water and allow it to soak in since it gets washed off.

The best sunscreen to buy in Denver is one that is a broad-spectrum sun block. Broad-spectrum sun block is a type of sunscreen that blocks out UVB and UVA rays.

There are really three types of UV radiation, UVA, UVB and UVC. Each is classified based on their wavelength. UVC is the shortest and is usually blocked out by the earth’s ozone layer. The most important ones are UVA and UVB. UVA ages your skin while UVB burns your skin.

It is beneficial to expose your skin to the sun for short periods of time. Exposure to Colorado sunlight for 5-15 minutes without sunscreen twice a week creates vitamin D, which helps our bodies with calcium absorption for strong bones and much more.

When it comes to sun protection in Colorado, sitting in the shade does not offer too much protection though it feels much cooler because sunrays will reflect off of surrounding surfaces. Grass reflects up to 2% of UV, sidewalks up to 8% and fresh snow reflects up to 88% so if you’re wondering how you manage to get so sunburned while you’re snowboarding, you can thank the white snow.

During the summer in Denver, make sure you wear a hat and sunglasses as well. Overexposure to the sun may result in short- and long-term damage to your eyes. Most sunglasses come standard with 100% UV protection, even the cheap ones.

Be sure to take care of your skin because there has been a huge increase in skin cancer among young adults due to over tanning and lack of protection and also because it’s always sunny in Colorado.

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