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Protect Yourself from the Sun (And Not Only in Summer)

Awareness that prolonged exposure to the sun is harmful to your health in any season of the year will help enjoy it safely.

A source of light and heat, the sun is a great ally in life and human health. It stimulates our defences, produces vitamin D and improves people’s moods. However, continuous and excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays can have harmful effects on the body beyond just redness and burns or speeding up skin ageing. Therefore, protecting yourself from the sun should be a priority for your health.

During the summer months, the season when we’re most exposed to the sun’s rays and its effects are more noticeable, this preventive attitude is nearly mandatory if you don’t want to suffer the effects of sunburns. Yet the heat caused by the infrared rays is different from the intrinsic danger of the sun which lies in the ultraviolet radiation and that’s what we must be careful with all year long in order to stay away from the potential dangers.

Either due to a lack of knowledge of the risk or excessive confidence when there’s not so much heat, it’s a common error to be exposed to the sun a good part of the year without adequate protection. This can cause a series of cumulative effects, the consequences of which can become apparent in the long term when the damage may already be irreparable.

Awareness is key

To mitigate the undesirable effects of the sun, it’s important to first be aware of the damage it can cause to your health. Knowing the risks will make you more cautious and willing to implement a few simple ideas to help protect yourself effectively at any time and all year round. Always remember that radiation persists even in the middle of winter and on cloudy days.

As a general rule, don’t leave the house without sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30. Although the sun’s rays (the infrared ones) don’t feel hot, prolonged and direct exposure can have an impact on the health of your skin and eyes. Therefore, it’s also important to wear sunglasses with UV protection and a hat or cap.

Solar radiation persists even in the middle of winter and on cloudy days, so don’t let your guard down at any time of the year

The more you’ll be exposed, on an outdoor trip for example, the more precautions you should take, especially at the beach and in the mountains. Water, sand and snow multiply the reflection of the sunlight and, thus, increase the radiation received. Protection and prevention are even more important for babies and children as the most vulnerable group to the harmful effects of the sun in addition to people with lighter skin (lower phototypes) or pigmentation alterations such as vitiligo since they are at more risk for melanoma from sun exposure.

CLH Initiatives to Spread Awareness for the Risks of the Sun

Throughout the year, CLH has promoted various actions aimed at spreading awareness among people at the company for the harmful impact of ultraviolet radiation.

  • Euromelanoma Campaign. This Pan-European initiative is aimed at providing information on skin cancer, how it can be prevented and early treatment.
  • “Myths and Realities of Skin Cancer and Sun Exposure”.Experts from the Spanish Association Against Cancer spoke at the headquarters about self-checking the skin as a way to detect this cancer early.
  • Spectrophotometry to Find Skin Lesions.This technique establishes the risk of suffering damage due to exposure to the sun and skin cancer in the future.
  • Sunscreen for Professionals Working Under the Sun.The goal is to protect the people at CLH Group from the sun when they engage in activities at outdoor facilities.