Sunlight contains ultraviolet (UV) rays that can harm your skin, eyes and lips. The sun’s rays can penetrate cloud, haze, fog and water. Over time, exposure to the UV rays of the sun can cause skin cancer. Bad sunburns and too much time spent in the sun have been linked with a higher risk of skin cancer later in life. If you work or play sports outside, you are at increased risk for skin cancer. Sun damage doesn’t go away; it adds up!
Tips for sun safety:
- Wear sunglasses that protect your eyes from both UVA and UVB rays.
- Use a sunscreen and lip balm of Sun Protection Factor (SPF) 15 or higher every time you go outside, even in fall and winter.
- Keep babies under one year old out of direct sunlight to prevent sun damage and dehydration. Sunscreen is not recommended for babies less than six months old.
- Reduce sun exposure between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
- Choose clothing that is loose fitting, tightly woven and lightweight. Wear a hat.
- Check skin and moles regularly. If you notice changes, consult your doctor.
Help children understand the importance of sun protection. Encourage them to wear hats, clothing, sunscreen and sunglasses.
Sun protection should be a part of your healthy lifestyle!
For more information on sunscreen and sun protection, visit the Health Canada website.