Sunlight contains ultraviolet (UV) rays that can harm your skin and eyes. 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!
Protect your skin
- When the UV Index is three or higher, protect your skin as much as possible. In general, the UV Index in Canada can be three or higher from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. between April and September, even when it’s cloudy.
- Seek shade or bring your own (e.g., an umbrella).
- Wear clothing and a wide-brimmed hat that covers as much skin as possible, appropriate to the activity and weather.
- Use sunscreen labelled broad spectrum and water-resistant with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30, on skin not covered by clothing.
- Apply sunscreen generously and reapply when needed.
- Do not deliberately try to get a suntan and avoid getting a sunburn.
Protect your eyes
- Wear sunglasses or prescription eyeglasses with UV-protective lenses.
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat for added eye protection.
Check the daily forecast for the UV Index and protect your skin accordingly.
Sun protection should be a part of your healthy lifestyle!
For more information on sunscreen and sun protection, visit the Health Canada website.