Information Update - Important sunscreen safety tips for Canadians

Saturday, June 2, 2018 General News
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Sunscreen safety tips

Choose a high SPF

Protect your health by using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 30. The sunscreen should also say "broad-spectrum" on the label, to screen out most of the UVA and UVB rays.

Sunscreens and babies

Do not put sunscreen on babies less than 6 months of age. Keep them out of the sun and heat as their skin and bodies are much more sensitive than an adult's.

 

A sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher should be applied to babies over 6 months of age.

Look for water resistant

Look for claims on the label that the product stays on better in water (water resistant, very water resistant).

Read application instructions

For best results, be sure to follow the instructions on the product label.

Use lots of it

Use the recommended amount of sunscreen.

Read application instructions

For best results, be sure to follow the instructions on the product label.

Apply it often

Apply sunscreen before heading outside and use a generous amount. Reapply 20 minutes after going outside and at least every 2 hours after that. Cover exposed areas generously, including ears, nose, the tops of feet and backs of knees. Reapply sunscreen often to get the best possible protection especially if you are swimming or sweating heavily.

Protect yourself

Sunscreen and insect repellents can be used safely together. Apply the sunscreen first, then the insect repellent.

Test for an allergic reaction

Before using any product on you or your child check for an allergic reaction, especially if you have sensitive skin. Apply it to a small patch of skin on the inner forearm for several days in a row. If the skin turns red or otherwise reacts, change products.

Prescription drugs and over-the-counter products

Some prescription drugs and over-the-counter products may make your skin more sensitive to UV rays. Speak to a healthcare provider (such as a doctor, pharmacist, or nurse) if you have any questions about which sunscreen is appropriate for you.



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