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    Published: July 28, 2015

    Protecting Your Skin During The Summer

    Warm summer temperatures provide a perfect opportunity to get outside and enjoy some gardening, sports, or the beach. At the same time, sunny skies also expose our skin to potential dangers that can have long-term consequences. If you’re concerned about the health of your skin, here are some tips to stay protected both outdoors and inside your home.

    Troubling Statistics

    Most people understand that the sun has the ability to cause skin cancer; however, few understand the scope of this problem. Every year there are more cases of skin cancer than cancers of the colon, prostate, lung, and breast combined. What’s more, according to experts, one in five Americans will develop some form of skin cancer in his or her lifetime.

    To protect your skin from harmful UV rays, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends that you seek shade, wear protective clothing, and apply sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or greater. But, how can you protect your skin when you’re indoors?

    The Threat within Your WaterWoman Applying Sunscreen

    Water treatment facilities infuse chlorine into water to kill bacteria, viruses, protozoans, and other pathogens. While effective, this chemical is especially rough on the skin and hair, causing them to become brittle, irritated, and dry, which can only exacerbate problems if you’ve been outside in the sun.

    What’s worse, however, is the potential harm chlorinated water could be causing to your health. Like other disinfectants, chlorine forms trihalomethanes and haloacetic acids in water, which have been linked to liver and kidney problems, along with an increased risk of cancer and central nervous system difficulties.

    Fortunately, you can reduce your risk while helping to keep your hair and skin softer and healthier by installing a Pelican Water Premium Whole House Water Filter or Pelican shower filter. Both systems remove chlorine, chloramines, and dozens of other chemicals from your drinking and bathing water.

    Get out there and enjoy the great outdoors this summer, just be sure you’re taking steps to keep your skin and body protected.