Melanoma Awareness Month takes place every year in May to support the research of Melanoma and other skin cancers, as well as to spread helpful preventative sun safety tips to protect your skin every day.
Melanoma is an aggressive form of skin cancer and affects on average 6,800 Canadians each year. Skin cancer is more common in men than women and in those with fair complexion. We’re providing you with important sun safety tips so that you can protect yourself.
Four Vital Sun Safety Tips That Will Really Help
#1 Protect Your Skin All Year |
There are multiple ways to protect your skin and employing all of them is the best way to ensure you are avoiding harmful UV rays from the sun. As we now know, too much sun can be harmful, especially if you aren’t protecting your skin.
It is recommended to wear sunscreen daily, however, pay attention to the UV index forecast; if it is three or higher, be sure to cover up, and wear sunscreen and sunglasses even if it is cloudy out.
#2 Cover Yourself Up |
To protect your skin, you should use sunscreen as well as cover up with clothing for extra protection. Also, whenever the UV index is three or higher, you need to remember to apply additional sunscreen regularly.
The best clothing to wear to protect yourself from the sun is light coloured clothing with maximum coverage that uses breathable fabric. Another sun safety tip to remember is that sunglasses should also be worn to protect your eyes!
Sunscreen Tip >> your sunscreen should be broad-spectrum, water-resistant, and at least an SPF of 30 or more.
#3 Stay Hydrated |
Drinking plenty of liquids will help you to avoid heatstroke and heat illnesses. Being without enough liquids while in the sun can be very dangerous and lead to dehydration. DRINK WATER!
#4 Limit Your Time in the Sun |
When it comes to limiting your time in the sun, it is important to remember that from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. the UV rays are at their highest. If you can avoid being in the sun during this timeline it would be best. If it isn’t something you can avoid, be sure to look for shaded areas or sit under an umbrella and wear a hat when hanging out by the pool for extra protection.