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Protect Your Skin This Summer

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

As the days grow longer and the sun shines brighter, those of us working outdoors especially in the construction industry find ourselves spending more time exposed to harsh environmental elements. While the benefits of working outdoors include fresh air and natural light, it also brings significant risks to our skin health. Prolonged exposure to the sun can lead to various skin issues, including acne, premature aging, and more seriously, skin cancer.

To maintain healthy skin, it’s essential to establish a routine that includes most importantly, sun protection. Here’s why these steps matter and how you can incorporate them into your daily routine on the job site:

The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can damage your skin in just 15 minutes. Repeated exposure without protection significantly increases your risk of developing skin cancer. Implementing a solid sun protection strategy is vital.

Seek Shade: Whenever possible, take breaks in shaded areas to give your skin a respite from direct sunlight. This is especially important during midday hours when the sun’s rays are the strongest.

Cover Up with Clothing: Wear long-sleeved shirts, caps and glasses to protect your skin. Opt for lightweight, breathable fabrics to stay cool while staying covered.

Apply Sunscreen: Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30. Apply it generously on all exposed skin and reapply every two hours, or more often if you’re sweating heavily. Don’t forget often-missed spots like your ears, neck, and the back of your hands.

By incorporating these simple steps into your daily routine, you can significantly reduce your risk of skin damage and skin cancer, ensuring you stay healthy and protected while working outdoors. Remember, taking care of your skin isn’t just about looking good—it’s about staying safe and healthy for years to come. Enjoy the sunshine responsibly this summer!

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