A Must Have For Your Summer BBQ

Dated: 06/01/2015

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I recently came across an article from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), advising on the harmful effects of sun damage and how to prevent it.  With summer time bar-b-ques, poolside parties, and endless outdoor activities, I think we all need a reminder to stop and apply sunscreen regularly when in direct sunlight.  No one wants to come home looking like a lobster, but even more importantly, skin cancer is a real threat that is largely preventable.

Here are some interesting tidbits from the article:

- More than 1 million people in the US are diagnosed with skin cancer each year.

- The FDA requires that all sunscreens contain a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) label.

- UVA rays penetrate deep into the skin and heavily contribute to premature aging.  UVB rays mostly affect the surface of the skin and are the primary cause of sunburn.

- Sunscreens with an SPF of at least 15 are recommended.  30 SPF is not twice as protective as an SPF of 15, rather, an SPF of 15 protects the skin from 93% of UVB radiation, and an SPF 30 sunscreen provides 97% protection.

- Although the SPF ratings found on sunscreen packages apply mainly to UVB rays, many sunscreen manufacturers include ingredients that protect the skin from some UVA rays as well.  These "broad-spectrum" sunscreens are highly recommended.

- The same people who are most likely to burn are also most vulnerable to skin cancer.

- It's important to engrain sun safety practices at an early age.  Pediatric melanoma is increasing almost 3% per year.

- EPA is working with schools and communities across the nation through the SunWise Program.  This program aims to teach young children and their caregivers how to protect themselves from overexposure to UV.  Click HERE for more information on this program.

- Re-apply sunscreen at minimum every two hours, more if you are swimming or perspiring. 

- Sunscreen ingredients might become less effective over time, so keep sunscreen until the expiration date or for no more than 3 years.

Remember, Denver is the Mile High city, which means we are closer to the sun!  Be mindful of your time in the sun and always apply sunscreen.

As an agent with EXIT Realty Denver Tech Center, Mandi brings special tools and solutions that exceed the expectations of her clients. She understands the stresses and hassles involved in the buying and selling process and strives to alleviate these concerns for her clients. If you are considering listing your property in the Denver area please call or text Mandi at 303-246-7985 or email her at [email protected] to start the process with a knowledgeable and trustworthy real estate professional.

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Sheryll White

As a Full Time real estate agent for the past 23 years, Sheryll has helped hundreds of home owners in Colorado buy and sell their homes. Sheryll's easy going, no pressure style and her in depth knowl....

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