Top Reasons to Protect Yourself from The Sun Working Construction Industry Jobs in Arizona
Benefits of Sunscreen
Your skin is the largest organ in your body. If taking care your skin isn’t already important to you personally, it’s time to make it one of your top priorities. No matter much time you spend outside, it’s imperative to limit the amount of exposure your skin gets from these radiating, harmful rays immitted by the sun. Start with the regular application of sunscreen. This topical product absorbs or reflects some of the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation, therefore, protecting you against sunburn. Continued use of sunblock can slow or temporarily prevent the development of various skin cancers, wrinkles, moles and saggy skin. Unfortunately, many sunscreens do not block all types of radiation from the sun. Protection from a more dangerous type of radiation called “UVA” rays is super important. This type of radiation from the sun has been shown to be a huge factor in skin cancers. It is instrumental for the prevention of skin cancers like melanoma and squamous cell carcinoma to protect yourself from all these skin-damaging rays. Sunblock will only protect you for so long and only cover down to a certain level of your epidermis. Another protection method to take into serious consideration is the use of UPF apparel. That is why it is so common to see construction workers wearing brightly colored long sleeve shirts, and athletic companies make special “sun shirts” to protect commonly exposed areas such as your chest and arms.
There are numerous factors that can influence the capability of a UPF fabric’s ability to block UV and UVA rays. Including the composition, construction and weave, color, condition of the shirt and wetness of the material. Synthetic materials like Nylon and Polyester generally provide higher protection than untreated/natural fabrics such as cotton. The tighter the weave and the density of your shirt’s fabric is the most effective type of UV protection, along with wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses. Weighty or heavier shirts have a greater protection rate against harmful radiation rays. Also, the darker the color, the more it will block these rays as opposed to a white shirt. The lighter the color, the more radiation it absorbs compared to darker fabrics that don’t let these rays pass through the material. Keeping in mind how worn your garments are is important as well. This directly impacts the amount of sun that can penetrate through your shirt. Lastly, moisture can have a negative impact on your UPF apparel. The drier the fabric can stay, the more protection it can provide. Some UPF apparel is rated differently on their protection capabilities. Some ratings are based on the density and structure of the fabric itself, while others are pre-treated with a UV-inhibiting ingredient. Same as sunblock, these ratings are based on 15-50 scale. Simply wearing sun-protective clothing doesn’t mean you will never have to wear SPF again, however, it definitely goes a long way in efforts of protecting your largest organ, your skin.