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Sun Exposure A Key To Good Health

Spring has sprung, bringing with it more daylight hours and warmer temperatures. Before rushing back outside, however, realize your skin is still vulnerable to overexposure - even though it is not yet summer.

Dr. Elizabeth K. Hale, Clinical Associate Professor of Dermatology at New York University School of Medicine, runs marathons in her spare time. She has these tips for staying sun-safe:
  • Convenience is Key. To help remember to apply sunscreen, keep a bottle in your medicine cabinet next to your toothbrush. Throw another bottle in your bag with your athletic gear, so applying before workouts becomes as routine as tying your shoelaces.
  • Be an Early Bird. In springtime, the sun rises earlier, making it easier to get out of bed in the morning. If you schedule your outdoor workout during the early morning, you'll avoid the day's most powerful UV rays.
  • Disguise your Eyes. UV radiation can damage the eyes and the skin around them, so remember to wear your shades. To provide the best eye protection, your sunglasses should block out 99 to 100 percent of UVA and UVB rays.   
Exposing unprotected skin to the sun for short periods does help the body to produce essential vitamin D. For the average person, waiting ten to fifteen minutes before applying sunscreen is the optimum time to spend in the sun without the use of sunscreen. Otherwise, you run the risk of overexposure and getting sunburned.