With the weather warming up and National Sun Awareness Week earlier this month, we want to share some important information on how you and your family can stay protected from the sun. Excessive sun exposure can lead to sunburn, premature skin aging, damage to the eyes and even skin cancer. Protect yourself now to avoid long-term consequences.
Here are 5 sun safety tips that will help to keep you protected so you can have fun under the sun all summer long:
- Cover up by wearing a wide brimmed hat and light colours to keep cool when spending long periods of time outdoors.
- Don’t forget your shades! Ensure that your sunglasses protect against both UVA an UVB rays. Just like your eyes, it is possible to sunburn your eyes. Ask us how to receive a gift certificate for $50 off your sunglasses at Bense Optical.
- Limit your time in the sun by staying indoors between 11am and 4pm when the sun’s UV rays are the strongest. If you’re going to the beach be sure to bring along an umbrella for some shade.
- Look for a broad-spectrum sunscreen that has SPF of at least 15 that will offer protection from both UVA and UVB rays. Sunburns are no fun for anyone. Be sure to apply sunscreen 20 minutes before heading outside and reapply as necessary by following the instructions. Don’t forget about your nose and ears! This month if you purchase any Vivier Sunscreen Protection with any second product, you will receive 15% off! A percentage of the proceeds from the Product of the Month will be donated to The SPCA
- It is extremely important to stay hydrated when it’s hot out. Water helps to carry heat away from internal organs and maintains your body’s temperature to prevent heat stroke. If you are exercising outdoors, be sure that you are well hydrated before hand.
While it is important to protect yourself from the sun, some sun exposure can be good for us. Not only does the sun feel great on our skin, but it also provides us with the vitamin D our bodies need to absorb calcium and promote bone growth. Exposing bare skin to UVB rays is the most natural way to get vitamin D.
Do you know of any other sun safety tips? Please share!