Don’t Get Burned This Summer!

Summer is just around the corner and who doesn’t like to go outside and soak up the sun! But many of us are also concerned about tanning, sunburns and skin cancer associated with sun exposure.

Use the following sun safety tips to prevent sun damage while enjoying the summer sun.

What is UV (or Ultraviolet) Radiation and why is it bad for me?

There are 3 types of UV radiation – Ultraviolet A, B and C. UVC does not reach the earth surface. Exposure to UVA and UVB is linked to skin cancer like basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. Therefore, it is important to get protection against these both, even when it is cloudy.

Adults:

  • Ultraviolet B radiation is strongest between 10 am to 4 pm à seek shade during these times
  • Cover up with clothing
    • Long sleeved, light-weighted clothing
    • Wide-brimmed hat
    • UV-blocking sunglasses
  • Apply Sunscreen – SPF 30 or higher
    • Provides protection against both UVA and UVB
    • Apply liberally 15 – 30 minutes before sun exposure
    • Reapply after 2 hours or after swimming or sweating
  • Avoid sun lamps and tanning beds

Infants less than 6 months of age:

  • Keep infants out of the sun
  • Do NOT apply sunscreen
  • Dress babies in light-weighted clothing that covers the arms and legs
  • Protect baby’s face, neck and ears with wide-brimmed hat

Babies (older than 6 months):

  • Use of Sunscreen (SPF 15+) is SAFE
    • Choose a tear-free formulation which will not sting the eyes (branded as “FOR KIDS”)
    • If using a spray sunscreen, do not spray directly on face; spray on hands for applying on the face
  • Cover up with protective clothing – light-weighted, wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses
  • Avoid sun exposure from 10 am to 4 pm

For more information or for help in choosing the right sunscreen for you and your family, talk to your Markland Wood Pharmacist.

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