TimeandDate.com measures the distance between Honolulu and the equator as 1,465 miles, a distance shorter than from Honolulu to Los Angeles. We think of being closer to the equator as the reason for warmer weather. Meteorology tells us this is a result of the sun’s direct position over the equator. So whether youʻre daytrippin in Waikiki or surfing Sandy Beach, expect this Labor Day weekend to sizzle. Ahhh, but when the sizzle starts, folks tend to get sloppy about the business of skin protection.
"It's the sunburn you got when you were 18, that leads to the cancer you get when you're 40. That sunburn will come back to haunt you," warns Dr. Zoe Draelos, vice president of the American Academy of Dermatology.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a study in 2012, based on a 2010 survey of about 5,000 U.S. adults ages 18 to 29. Half of the adults surveyed confess that they had sunburn at least once in the past year, a response that indicates America’s young adults aren’t listening to the serious warnings about skin cancer.
The CDC recommends following these guidelines for protection:
1. Seek shade, especially during midday hours.
2. Wear clothing to protect exposed skin.
3. Wear a hat with a wide brim to shade the face, head, ears, and neck.
4. Wear sunglasses that wrap around and block as close to 100% of both UVA and UVB rays.
5. Use sunscreen with sun protective factor (SPF) 15 or higher, and both UVA and UVB protection.
6. Avoid indoor tanning.
Use your break over the next few days to relax and get renewed from your busy life, just make sure you don’t relax on your sun protection practices.