Sun Safe

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If you live in Ontario like we do: how about this unrelenting heat wave!? We sit around begging for summer to arrive and then it gets so hot you can hardly move without becoming a sweaty exhausted creature. Eugh.

However, if you’re anything like we are, the heat isn’t going to keep you inside. That’s why we wanted to share some important sun safety tips with you (brought to us by the Government of Canada):

1 Limit time in the midday sun.

  • The sun’s rays are strongest between 11am and 4pm. Whenever possible, limit exposure to the sun during these hours.

2 When your shadow is shorter than you, look for shade.

  • Do outdoor activities under a tree, umbrella, or in the shade of a building.
  • Create shade by planting trees or by using partial roofs, awnings, gazebo tents, etc.

3 Use the UV index each day to plan outdoor activities.

  • Consult local radio and TV stations or check on-line for the UV index forecast in your area. When the UV index is 3 or higher, wear protective clothing, sunglasses and sunscreen.
  • Wear tightly-woven, loose-fitting, full-length shirts and pants.
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat.
  • Wear sunglasses that provide 100% UVA and UVB protection and ensure they wrap around your face.
  • Apply a generous amount of sunscreen (minimum SPF 15) on all exposed areas 20 minutes before you go outside. Ideally, sunscreen should be reapplied 20 minutes after going outdoors so that the product stabilizes on the skin and gives maximum protection. Thereafter, reapply sunscreen every 2 hours (and more often if you are swimming or sweating).

Just remember: the sun has plenty of positive qualities, from vitamin D to mood enhancers. The problems come from overexposure. Be safe out there!

xoxo S4C


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