Exposure to sunlight causes the skin to be exposed to ultraviolet light that can cause sunburn and premature skin aging. Here are some recommendations that provide effective sun protection:
Avoiding the sun remains the best form of sun protection; schedule your outdoor activities before 10am or after 4pm to avoid sun exposure at its peak intensity. It’s good to know that the glass in windows absorbs most of the ultraviolet light. However, clouds do allow ultraviolet light through.
Clothing is an excellent way to protect from sun exposure. Fabrics with dark colors protect better than those with light colors.
Hats with large brims (at least 4 inches) are effective in protecting the face and neck.
Sunscreens are very effective. It is recommended to use sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor, also called SPF, of 30 or more. The product should be applied at least 15 to 30 minutes prior to exposure and should be reapplied regularly every 2 hours.
Remember, it’s your life, your future, YOUR HEALTH FIRST.
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About Sahtak Awalan - Your Health First
Sahtak Awalan: Your Health First was launched in 2012 by Weill Cornell Medicine - Qatar as a campaign intended to encourage people to lead healthy lives and transform unhealthy behaviors into healthy ones. The aim is to educate people about healthy living, sustainability, exercise and nutrition so they can make informed choices about the foods they buy, the importance of a balanced diet, and the way they live their lives. The initiative is totally inclusive and is aimed at everyone: young and old, nationals and expatriates, although there is a focus on youth.
The campaign’s strategic partners include Qatar Foundation, the Ministry of Public Health, the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, the Ministry of Municipality and the Environment and ExxonMobil.
To create awareness through this public health initiative about healthy behaviors and disease prevention, as well as to educate Qatar's citizens about how poor lifestyle choices can have a negative impact on health and that small positive changes can have a large impact.
To build a strong foundation toward creating a healthy society able to contribute fully to Qatar's knowledge-based economy in line with the objectives of Qatar National Vision 2030.