Is sun protection important only in the summer?
Can you get a burn on a cloudy day?
Is it okay to get a tan as long as I don’t burn?
Is sunscreen the best way to protect my skin?
What kind of sunscreen is best?
Should I be concerned about chemicals in sunscreen?
There are two types of sunscreen, the more commonly used ‘chemical sunscreen’, which filters and neutralizes UV rays, and ‘physical sunscreen’ (often referred to as sun block) which reflects UV rays.
Some groups believe that certain chemicals in ‘chemical sunscreen’ may be harmful to your health. However, leading health organizations confirm that this is not the case:
American Academy of Dermatologists:
If, nevertheless, you are concerned about certain chemicals in ‘chemical sunscreen’, choose a ‘physical sunscreen’ instead. Ask your pharmacist for guidance in choosing a sunscreen that meets your needs.
Whatever kind of sunscreen you use, ensure that it is broad-spectrum with an SPF of 30 or more and that you follow application guidelines carefully. Remember to use sunscreen with hats, sunglasses, long clothing and shade, and reduce your time in the sun between 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. when the sun is strongest, to ensure proper sun protection.
How do I use sunscreen?
Can babies wear sunscreen?
What is the UV index and how do I use it?
UV Index Canada
Will protecting my skin in the sun reduce my Vitamin D levels?
What are the signs of melanoma?
Where can I learn more?
Canadian Cancer Society www.cancer.ca
Canadian Cancer Society Statistics 2014 with a special report on skin cancer: http://www.cancer.ca/en/cancer-information/cancer-101/canadian-cancer-statistics-publication/?region=on
Canadian Dermatology Association www.dermatology.ca
American Academy of Dermatology www.aad.org
American Cancer Society www.cancer.org
The U.S. Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer: http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/calls/prevent-skin-cancer/