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Florida’s Summer Sun: How Much is TOO Much?

by Sarasota Bay Club

Retiring in Sarasota, Florida means plenty of time out on the beach, at the pool, and getting some much needed vitamin D! Being outside for extended periods of time can be great for your health, but it can also put you at risk.

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Because Florida is closer to the equator, the UV index is higher and sun rays are stronger, meaning you need to put extra thought into making sure you protect your skin. So, how much sun is too much?


Why is Too Much Sun Bad?

Aside from sunburn, prolonged exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays (UV rays) can cause significant damage to your skin and, in severe cases, skin cancer. It can also harm your eyes, increasing the risk of cataracts, and weaken your immune system, making you more susceptible to illnesses.

So, in order to reap the benefits without putting your health at risk, it’s important to take the right precautions to protect yourself against Florida’s strong summer sun. Before you head out into Sarasota's stunning natural scenery, make sure to apply some sunscreen and watch your time in the sun to keep those harmful effects at bay.


How to Use the UV Index

The UV Index measures UVB radiation strength by time and location, and a higher index means more UVB radiation and a higher risk of sunburn. Sarasota, Florida's close proximity to the equator means its UV index is high, posing a greater risk than you might expect.

In most places, the sun's strongest hours are between 11 am to 3 pm, but, in Florida, 60% of UV is received between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. By limiting the time you spend in the sun during these hours, you can significantly reduce your exposure to harmful UVB radiation. 

Wear Clothes that Cover More of Your Body

Wearing clothes like long-sleeved shirts, wide-brimmed hats, and full-length pants can help to reduce the amount of your body that's exposed to direct sunlight. Items like long-sleeved swim shirts allow you to continue your favorite activities while protecting your skin from the sun.

Apply Sunscreen Regularly

Applying sunscreen regularly is one of the best things you can do to protect your skin from the sun. Sunscreen works by adding an invisible, protective barrier to your skin that absorbs harmful UV rays, preventing them from penetrating your skin.

Make sure to find sunscreen with at least 30 SPF. It is important to reapply your sunscreen every 2 hours, otherwise, it may not be as effective. 

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Take Breaks in the Shade

When spending time outdoors, try to take breaks in the shade whenever possible. Shade is nature's way of protecting your skin from the sun. While protective clothing and sunscreen can help reduce the risk of sunburn, the only way to guarantee your skin is safe is to stay out of the sun. There is no need to avoid the sun entirely, but making sure to take breaks can go a long way in protecting your skin. 

Keep Your Skin Tone in Mind

If you have a lighter skin tone, it is important to be more conscious about your sun exposure. Fair skin is more susceptible to sunburn and skin conditions from sun exposure. That doesn't mean that if you have a darker skin tone, you don't need sunscreen. Everyone should wear sunscreen while spending time out in the sun, but those with fair skin need to be extra cautious, as they are at a greater risk.

Enjoying outdoor fun is great for your health, and summer in Sarasota, Florida, offers plenty of activities. At Sarasota Bay Club, we’re committed to making sure our residents enjoy their carefree retirement while receiving high-quality health care. Download our brochure to learn more about our senior retirement community and luxury living in the carefree, Sarasota lifestyle.

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