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June 21, 2013 marks the first official day of summer and this year’s summer solstice, the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere. The summer solstice marks the point of the year where the northern hemisphere is tilted most towards the sun, thus giving us longer days. For example, according to timeanddate.com, there will be over 14 hours and 25 minutes of sunlight in Los Angeles today.
With longer days and warmer weather, it’s a great time to go outside and take advantage of all the extra sunlight. But don’t forget that sun exposure adds up day after day, and it happens every time you are in the sun. According to the UCLA Skin Research Department, 78% of all sun damage occurred in a lifetime is from incidental exposure from everyday activities.
This means you are putting your skin at risk every time you walk to your car, wait outside for the bus, walk your dog, etc. So be sure to generously apply SPF 30+ sunscreen at least 20 minutes before heading out, wear a hat, and wear sunglasses with 100% UV protection to protect not just your eyes, but your sensitive eyelids too.