At this time of year, the sun’s hot rays are in full effect. No matter where you are in the country, you’re likely feeling it on a sunny day! Although the sun can have some negative effects on our bodies– especially during the summer heat, it is important to remember that ultraviolet light is one of nature’s many wonders. On the bright side, it is a natural killer of harmful pathogens when heavily concentrated in one area. We have harnessed this power to sanitize hospital rooms, drinking water, toothbrushes, and even our favorite pair of athletic shoes. Shoe Care Innovations, the maker of the SteriShoe UV Shoe Sanitizer, have five ways for you to protect yourself from unintentional UV exposure this summer.
1. Wear protective clothing.
Certain brands of clothing– such as Cabana Life and Mott 50– offer clothing designed to reflect UV light and protect you from the sun’s harmful rays. Yet, buyer beware, says Good Housekeeping: there aren’t clear standards for this type of clothing– and not all items live up to their claims. It’s always best to combine sun-protective clothing with your favorite UVA/UVB sunblock.
2. Slather on the UVA/UVB sunscreen– and know the rules.
Consumer Reports recently found that many sunscreens on the market do not actually provide the level of coverage they promise– and, worse yet, many have been linked to an increased risk of skin cancer! Yikes! They did recommend using BullFrog WaterArmor Sport InstaCool SPF 50+ and Coppertone Sensitive Skin SPF 50, which lived up to the hype and did not contain harmful ingredients. It’s also important that you understand how broad spectrum sunscreens work and follow these rules:
– Apply sunscreen at least 15 to 30 minutes before going out into the sun.
– Slather on at least two tablespoons of sunscreen to be truly protected.
– Reapply sunscreen every two hours.
3. Splurge on sunglasses… or not!
Foregoing sunglasses does more damage than simply giving you a few crow’s feet wrinkles over time. The lower lids of the eyes are actually among the most common sites for skin cancer to begin, so it’s important that you protect your eyes. Oakley Radar Path and Oakley Holbrook sunglasses may set you back $150, but they offer a super comfortable, lightweight feel with 100% UV protection, thanks to Plutonite lenses.
With Oakleys, you are essentially paying for branded comfort and style, not just for protection. The good news is that Studies have shown that even cheapo Dollar Store shades provide 100% protection from UV! It’s good to know that your local eye doctor can run the glasses through a photometer to test their efficiency.
4. Protect your hair with a spritzer.
Celebrity hairdressers recommend using Living Proof Restore Instant Protection Spray. “Personally, I like what the sun does to hair,” says Chris McMillan, Jennifer Aniston’s hairstylist. “Sometimes if you dye your hair or get highlights, the sun takes away the shoe-polish-like quality of the hair and makes it look more natural. We were given our coloring because it looks good with our skin. Most people look best with their own natural hair color.”
5. Place the SteriShoe shoe bags over your footwear before sanitizing.
Shoe Care Innovations understands the awesome natural power of ultraviolet rays when it comes to killing harmful bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Yet, we also understand that humans want to limit direct exposure from UV rays. That’s why we designed the SteriShoe UV Shoe Sanitizer with a few basic safety features. For instance, the device WILL NOT TURN ON if you have not placed the device inside a shoe, and also inside the protective shoe bag that we have included with your purchase. If you were to open the shoe bag prematurely while the cycle is running, it would automatically shut off, thereby protecting you from any UV exposure. Ultraviolet rays can be our friend when used safely! Buy a device that can kill up to 99.9% of the living pathogens in your shoes in just 45 minutes to help you prevent toenail fungus, athlete’s foot, diabetic foot infections, plantar’s warts, and shoe odor.