While sun is essential for Vitamin D, bone health and high mood, it is important to take proper precaution, regardless of your skin type or tone. Protecting your skin and your health has never been more fashionable and fun!
Five Facts about Sun Protection
- Longer Ultraviolet A (UVA) and shorter Ultraviolet B (UVB) rays can cause lasting skin damage, aging and cancer.
- About 90% of non-melanoma skin cancers and about 65% of melanomas are associated with exposure to UV radiation.
- Skin cancers are disproportionately concentrated on the head and face.
- If your sunscreen says it provides broad-spectrum protection, it protects against both UVA and UVB rays.
- Sun Protection Factor (SPF) indicates a sunscreen’s ability to prevent UV rays from damaging the skin, while Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) indicates a fabric’s prevention level.
Five Steps to Sun Safety
1. Sun Cream
Sunscreens help to protect against UVA and UVB rays. Whether it’s spray, gel, lotion, moisturizing, Paraben Free, with insect repellent or for sensitive skin, there is a sunscreen for everyone. Don’t forget to reapply after swimming or sweating!
Newborns should be kept out of the sun and for children over 6 months of age, you can use sun cream.
Clothing can be an important line of defence against the sun; the higher the UPF the more protected you are. UPF clothes and umbrellas can be found in fashionable styles online or in sporting stores. Some clothes, however, do not protect your skin against the sun, so don’t forget your sunscreen!
You don’t have to get sticky sunscreen in your hair to protect your scalp. To get the best coverage, make sure your hat has at least a 3-inch brim that covers areas like scalp, ears and back of the neck.
Ideally, shades that block 99-100% of UVA and UVB light will protect your precious peepers.
Stay in the shade between 10AM and 4PM when the sun’s rays are the strongest. Be aware that some indirect rays can reach you while sitting under a tree or umbrella.
Prevention Dos and Don’ts
Do examine your skin from head-to-toe each month and note any changes in colour or texture.
Do see your doctor yearly for a professional exam or if you spot any skin changes.
Don’t be tempted to use a sunbed to get a “base” before you hit the beach. It’s best to avoid their harmful rays all together.