We all love the sun and know it is good for us in many ways, but it is important to take a few precautions to protect ourselves from the sun’s harmful rays throughout the year.
Winter and Spring: protect yourself on the slopes.
The sun’s reflection off of snow can increase the amount of UV radiation you receive by up to 85%. Sunscreen on your face and sunglasses for your eyes will help protect those exposed areas. In the summer, protect yourself on the water by wearing broad spectrum sunscreen, which contains both UVA and UVB protection.
An SPF30 is the minimum protection recommended and the sunscreen should be applied twenty minutes before heading outdoors to give time for the sunscreen to activate. Remember to reapply every two hours, or after swimming or perspiring.
Environment Canada acknowledges that “we now know that it takes very little time for the UV rays to damage your DNA, increase your risk to skin cancers, weaken your immune system and damage your eyes” (“The UV Index”).