Suncare 101: Three tips to help keep protect you from sunburn this summer
Summer is in full swing and with the warm weather comes more outdoor activities. Many Canadians are misinformed or uninformed when it comes to sun care practices and the effects of sun damage. Before we venture outside, let’s take a minute to revisit some basics about proper sun care to help protect you and your families from sunburn this season.
Tip #1: Wear Sunscreen
Seems obvious, but you’d be surprised to know that only 3% of Canadians wear sunscreen daily.[Sunscreen U&A study, Big Picture Report, October 2015] The sun emits harmful rays year-round, even on cloudy days. Whether commuting to work, hiking or hitting the beach, make sure your skin is protected, whenever you’re outside. UV rays can penetrate clouds with concrete, sand, water and snow reflecting them back to you! Spending time in the sun increases your risk of skin cancer and early skin aging.
Tip #2: Wear Enough
To help ensure you get the full SPF of a sunscreen, users should generally apply at least 1 oz (30 ml) – about a shot glass full to help protect an average-size body. Apply generously and evenly 15 minutes before sun exposure and reapply at least every two hours. If swimming, use a water resistant sunscreen and reapply every 40-80 minutes and reapply immediately after towel drying.
Tip #3: Wear SPF 30 or Higher
Determine the sunscreen SPF protection you need based on your skin type, location and activity. The Canadian Dermatology Association and Canadian Cancer Society recommend using a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher. No sunscreen can screen 100 per cent of the sun’s rays. Always read and follow the label. For more information on proper sun care, visit Coppertone’s website.