Sunscreen Protection Day
When is Sunscreen Protection Day? This holiday is always observed on May 27
Sunscreen Protection Day is a very important health holiday. It educates and brings awareness to the importance of using sunscreen to protect yourself and your children from harmful UV rays from the sun. This May 27 holiday is held just in advance of the summer and vacation season. When we first get outside in the sun, our skin is not yet acclimated to the increasing intensity of the sun. As a result, we easily get sunburns.
Ultraviolet rays from the sun are a serious risk to your health. With the steady depletion of the ozone layer above the earth, more and stronger UV rays get through. Overexposure to the sun can cause several health problems. It can cause skin cancer and sunspots. It can also result in premature aging of your skin.
Doctors and medical professionals advocate the use of sunscreen, to guard against health problems. They recommend a Skin Protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher. The higher the SPF value, the better the lotion is at protecting you and especially your children against harmful UV rays. Sunscreens should be used for all outdoor activities, including swimming.
And yes, sunscreens should be used on cloudy days. UV rays can penetrate through clouds.
Did You Know? Opticians recommend wearing sunglasses with 100% UV protection all the time. On cloudy days UV rays go right through the clouds. On winter days, the rays hit your eyes coming down, as well as reflecting back up from the snow.
Now get out and celebrate Sunscreen Protection Day in the sun…with sufficient sunscreen protection!
How to Celebrate Sunscreen Protection Day
- On sunny days, slather on the sunscreen lotion.
- Use the highest Skin Protection Factor (SPF) on sunny days.
- Along with sunscreen, we recommend you wear sunglasses with 100% UV protection.
“I never expected to see the day when girls got sunburn in the places they now do.” – – Will Rogers
History and Origin of Sunscreen Protection Day
We discovered no substantial information about the origin of this day. We can only speculate that a medical or health organization or group created this day to promote awareness and education about the dangers of ultraviolet light from over-exposure to the sun. As previously mentioned, these organizations stress the need for a skin protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher.
A couple of internet sites refer to this as National Sunscreen Protection Day. We found no congressional or presidential proclamation making this a true national day. Our original research in the 2000s found no reference to this holiday as a “National” day.
Definition of “National” Days – and why it is so important to distinguish true national days.
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