Be Sun Smart This Summer
As the warm weather approaches and summer draws near, it’s hard to resist going outside to relax or have fun. While the sun’s warm rays may feel good on our skin, too much sun can be harmful!
Keep yourself and your children well protected from the sun’s harmful rays by following these tips.
- Avoid the sun between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., when the sun’s rays are the strongest
- Wear long sleeve, loose fitting clothing that will keep you cool and protected from the sun’s rays
- Wear a wide brimmed hat that covers the face, ears and neck
- Cover your eyes by wearing sunglasses that protect from both UVA and UVB rays
- Use sunscreen labelled “broad spectrum” and “water resistant” with a SPF of 30 or higher and remember to:
- Read the directions, which will tell you when to apply the sunscreen
- Reapply sunscreen according to package directions, especially after swimming or sweating.
- Protect your lips by using a lip balm with an SPF and reapply it throughout the day
- Find shade or bring your own (e.g. an umbrella)
For more information on sun safety, visit the Canadian Cancer Society website, www.cancer.ca