City promotes skin protection when outside

Forest officals use website for
Healthy Hometown Promotion

The city of Forest is promoting its efforts to engage and educate its population in the month of July on protecting one’s skin and eyes from overexposure to the sun.
The city website is advising citizens to utilize sunblock, wear sunglasses with 100 percent UVA/UVB protection, wear a broad-brimmed hat, and cover your skin if you are going to be outdoors for prolonged times. Wear long sleeves or at the least cover your shoulders which take the brunt of the sun if you are doing yard work.
“If you are working out in the sun this summer, the most important thing to do is to avoid getting burned. While skin damage can occur without sunburn, your risk of ultimately developing skin cancer or prematurely aging your skin is going to be higher if you let yourself get burned,” officials said.
“When working outside, you can protect your face and prolong the youth of your skin on your face by wearing a wrap that covers your forehead and a wrap across your lower face. You can wet your wrap to help your body release heat.”
The forehead, nose, and cheeks are the most prone areas of the face to be burned by the sun as they protrude the most. Seniors and small children are most vulnerable to being burned.
Forest’s website suggests wearing a SPF 15 sunblock or higher and that you should reapply sunblock every two hours when swimming. The City of Forest points out that young children should use sunblock that is specified for children and which does not irritate them.
Sunblock will be supplied at the Splashpad at Gaddis Park throughout the month of July.