How to protect yourself from the sun?
Simple sunburns can dramatically increase the risk of skin cancer. You don't have to be by the pool, at the beach or on vacation to get too much sun. The skin needs to be protected from ultraviolet (UV) rays.
Here are our tips to be well protected:
- Look for shade. UV rays are stronger and more harmful between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m., so it's best to plan indoor activities at this time. If that's not possible, seek shade under a tree, umbrella, or UV tent.
- Get dressed. The more clothing is covering the more it will protect you. For example, choose long sleeves and pants. Be careful, contrary to popular belief, all clothes do not protect UV rays in the same way. The ideal is to have UV protection clothing certified UPF 50 because they will guarantee you optimal protection. Plus, they're often designed to be cool and breathable. You can find all types of anti-UV clothing: t-shirts, swimsuits or even anti-UV suits for babies ...
- Get yourself a hat . Hats protect your face, head, neck and ears. Caps are popular, but they do not protect the ears and neck. If you choose a cap, be sure to protect exposed areas with sunscreen.
- Wear sunglasses. They protect the eyes from UV rays, which can cause cataracts later in life. Look for sunglasses that are Category 3 (or 4 for specific activities).
- Apply sunscreen. Apply SPF 30 (or more) sunscreen 20 minutes before going out. Remember to protect the ears, nose, lips and the tops of the feet. Reapply every two hours, after swimming, sweating or using a towel.