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Sun Safety: Protecting Your Skin

Sunscreen vs Sunblock – The weather can be misleading and, despite the lower than normal temperatures this year, you should always remember UV is present even when it is cloudy and cold. Many weather forecasts provide a UV index which is an indicator to the level of UV penetration. There are two kinds of UV, UV-A and UV-B. All sunscreens protect against UV-B, however they don’t all protect against UV-A. Using a broad-spectrum sunscreen that is at least SPF 15 is recommended whenever you will be outside. Sunscreens do not provide immediate protection and should be applied 30 minutes before you go outside. Sunblocks, however, do provide immediate protection. Sunscreen/sunblock should be applied liberally, but how often do you need to reapply? Some studies suggest that most people don’t apply enough sunblock in the first place, perhaps with only putting on 25%. If you’ve ever read the instructions on sunscreen or sunblock products, you’ll know they can be quite vague as to how much is enough product to apply and how often you should reapply. It has been shown that people who reapply sunscreen within 45 minutes, seem to have better protection. This strongly suggests that the first application of sunscreen perhaps wasn’t enough. So go for it! Don’t be afraid to really put some on.

What is SPF? – Sun protection factor is a number which represents how much protection a product will provide; or rather how much longer your skin will take to burn. For example, if you would normally burn within 10-minutes, then SPF 15 will increase your time to burn by 15 times, or 150 minutes. A higher SPF also provides greater coverage protection, but beyond SPF 40 the increase in coverage is negligible. It should be noted that SPF is only a representation for UV-B. There is currently no uniform measure of UV-A absorption. Be careful when using combinations of products. Using some insect repellents will reduce the effective SPF considerably, so be sure to apply more frequently.

Lip Service? – Your lips are made of skin and can burn just like other parts of your skin. So don’t forget to use some kind of protection.

Sun Protective Clothing – Did you know that a typical t-shirt only offers protection from UV of approximately SPF 4? So don’t be fooled into thinking you are protected just simply because your skin isn’t exposed. Many apparel manufacturers, especially of athletic attire, are now making clothes with SPF 30 or more.

Sunglasses – Be sure to wear a pair of sunglasses labeled “100% UV protection” to protect your eyes from the damaging effects of both UV-A and UV-B. If you can, find a pair that are “wrap-around” style. This will help to reduce the chance of UV finding it’s way around the edges of your sunglasses.

Hydration – Do you drink enough? Proper hydration is necessary for our bodies to perform optimally and to be healthy. Some factors, such as becoming hot from the sun and heat of the day, can put physical demands on your body and change how much water you need for your body to remain properly hydrated. Proper hydration is so important for healthy skin. You have probably heard that 8 x 8oz glasses of water is what you should drink each day. Has it ever seemed odd that this is a “one size fits all” kind of approach? It’s a great start, but a better approach to knowing how much daily water intake you need is to take your weight in lbs, and divide it by two. The result is how many fluid ounces of water you should drink each day for your body to be optimally healthy. For example, if you weigh 140 lbs, you should drink at least 70 fl oz of water each day.

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10 Fun Easter Facts

The World's Largest Chocolate Egg - Easter

Easter Eggs are associated with Easter because eggs are a symbol of starting new life. It’s believed that eggs have been given to celebrate the spring equinox for more than 2 millennia.

The World’s Largest Easter Egg, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, was just over 25-ft high and was made of chocolate and marshmallow. The egg is said to have weighed in at a whopping 8,968 pounds. and was supported by an internal steel frame.

Chocolate Eggs were first made in Europe in the early part of the 19th century and remain one of the most popular Easter candies today.

Krashanky is the Ukrainian word meaning “to decorate” and also refers to boiled eggs dyed in a single color (with vegetable dyes), which are blessed and eaten at Easter.

World’s Largest Jar Of Jelly Beans was unveiled on October 15th, 1999 and weighed 6,050 pounds.

Approximately 600 Million Eggs are sold in the United States during the months of March and April.

$2.1 billion of Easter candy was bought in the United States over the Easter 2012 period.

Around 90 Million Chocolate Bunnies are made for Easter each year. The Easter Bunny tradition made its way to the US in the 18th century. It is believed to have originated in Europe where it was actually the Easter Hare.

16 Million Jelly Beans will be eaten during the Easter season in the United States.

137th Annual White House Easter Egg Roll takes place Monday, April 6th, 2015 on the South Lawn of the White House. In its press release, the White House states this year’s theme is “#GimmeFive,” and more than 35,000 people will gather on the South Lawn to join in the celebrations. Keeping history alive, the event will feature sports and fitness zones, cooking demonstrations, and Easter classics such as the egg roll and egg hunt, live music and storytelling.

Learn more about THE 137TH WHITE HOUSE EASTER EGG ROLL

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