Summer has finally arrived! As most Canadians know, there is no better feeling than the sun on your skin. When you’re at the beach or doing other outdoor activities, it’s always good to take precautions with sunscreen. In the case that someone gets sunburned, it’s just as important to know where the nearest pharmacy is to pick up a big bottle of suncare cream (there are many kinds: coco butter with vitamin E, aloe, etc – it is best to check with your local pharmacist for their recommendation)
Since this week is Canadian Sun Awareness week, lets look at some the benefits and negative effects of sun exposure.
- main source of vitamin D3 (enhances calcium absorption)
- enhances mood
- reduces risk of seasonal affective disorder
- kills pathogens
When people are exposed to sunlight early in the morning, melatonin synthesis occurs sooner, which helps fight against insomnia, premenstrual syndromes and seasonal affective disorder.
- premature ageing
- suppressed immune system functioning
- skin cancer
The Canadian Cancer Society recently published a report stating that skin cancer is one of the fastest growing cancer in Canada. To read the full report, click here.
Sun Safety Tip #1
Check the UV index before going outside
wear protective clothing, sunglasses & sunscreen when the UV index is 3 (moderate) or higher
Sun Safety Tip #2
the sun’s rays are stronger closer to the equator and at higher altitudes
Sun Safety Tip #3
Reduce sun exposure between 11am-4pm
the sun’s rays are strongest between 11am-4pm (when your shadow is shorter than you are)
Sun Safety Tip #4
UV-Ray exposure can occur through glass
untinted glass windows filter UVB rays, but not UVA rays
Sun Safety Tip #5
Wear a wide-brimmed hat
most cancers occur on the face and neck, so wear a hat and put sunscreen on your face, ears, chin and neck
Sun Safety Tip #6
sunglasses that provide 100% UV protection can prevent eye damage; especially wraparound sunglasses
Sun Safety Tip #7
Wear water-resistant sunscreen while swimming & reapply, reapply, reapply
your skin can still be damaged by the sun’s rays under the water & some of the sunscreen will come off in the water and when you dry yourself off
Sun Safety Tip #8
Protect babies & children
keep babies out of direct sunlight & apply sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher on children at least 20min before they go outside
Knowing sun safety information, you can fully enjoy the sunshine and never have to worry about painful sunburns again (or their detrimental long-term effects).
In the case that you do get a sunburn, find the nearest pharmacy using iamsick.ca!
The more you know, the less you have to worry.