Protect Yourself From the Sun While at the Garden Arts Festival

As you walk about the booths and displays at the Sorticulture Garden Arts Festival, be sure to protect your skin from the effects of the sun. This festival will be held from June 10 through 12 at Legion Memorial Park, which means that you will be exposed to plenty of the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Providers at an urgent care in Everett offer these tips to help you protect your skin from sun exposure.

Seek Shade

The sun’s ultraviolet radiation is what is responsible for sunburns. Even if your skin does not get burned, exposure to that ultraviolet radiation increases your risk of developing one of the three forms of skin cancer. The sun’s radiation peaks from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. During these times of the day, try to seek out shade. If there aren’t enough shady spaces for you at the festival, you can create your own shady spot by carrying an umbrella. You could also take breaks and rest in the shade for 15 minutes or longer every hour.

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Apply Sunblock

Be sure to wear sunblock while visiting the Sorticulture Garden Arts Festival, even if the weather is cloudy. Some of the sun’s rays can still penetrate through the clouds. Reapply the sunblock every 2 hours. Have someone help you apply it to the backs of your ears and your neck. If you wear sandals to the festival, be sure to put unblock on your feet. You can also use lip protectors that contain sunblock.

Wear Protective Clothing

When the weather is warm, you may not feel like wearing long sleeved shirts and a pair of pants. However, these types of clothing do a great job at protecting your skin as you move around outside. Choose light colored clothing, as this reflects the sun’s energy instead of absorbing it.

Cotton, and linen are lightweight and breathable fabrics that will help to keep you comfortable. A wide-brimmed hat and a pair of sunglasses that protect against UVA and UVB sunrays will protect your head and eyes. If you do get a sunburn, an Everett urgent care like U.S. HealthWorks center offers treatment.

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What Can I Do to Reduce My Risk of Skin Cancer? CDC.