August 2019 marks the launch of two free, public sunscreen dispensers in key Kelowna hot spots. The project has been powered by Morgan’s Mole Patrol and Save Your Skin Foundation, with the support of the City of Kelowna.
The dispensers are automatic and touchless, and will provide free, Health Canada approved SPF 30 sunscreen for anyone who needs it. The dispensers use SPF 30 sunscreen, free from known dangerous ingredients such as parabens, oxybenzone, retinyl palminate, phthalate, PEG, parfume, and sodium lauryl sulphate. See image to the right for more details, or click here to download a pdf from the manufacturer.
Affixed to the Dispensers will be a list of the sunscreen ingredients and reference to Health Canada’s approval of the sunscreen. Affixed to the Dispensers will also be a disclaimer with respect to the use of the Dispenser or the sunscreen contained therein:
THE SUNSCREEN IS BEING USED AT YOUR OWN RISK. None of Save Your Skin Foundation, Morgan’s Mole Patrol, the City of Kelowna, the Kelowna Golf & Country Club, nor anyone else connected to these organizations, makes any assurances, representations, guarantees or warranties with respect to the use or effectiveness of the sunscreen or dispenser, and any and all use of the sunscreen or dispenser is done at your own risk. By using the sunscreen or the dispenser, you acknowledge and agree that none of Save Your Skin Foundation, Morgan’s Mole Patrol, the City of Kelowna, Tourism Kelowna Society, the Kelowna Golf & Country Club, nor anyone else connected to these organizations are responsible for the results or consequences from any use of the sunscreen or dispenser.
Applying sunscreen is part of an overall sun-safe way to enjoy the outdoors. First, limit your time in the direct sunlight, especially between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., seek shade, cover up by wearing long sleeves and pants and a wide-brimmed hat. Use sunscreen, specifically one labelled broad-spectrum, SPF 30, protect the lips with lip sunscreen or zinc oxide. Apply 20 minutes before sun exposure, and reapply every two hours or after swimming.
NOTE: The information on the Save Your Skin website is not intended to replace the medical advice of a doctor or healthcare provider. While we make every effort to ensure that the information on our site is as current as possible, please note that information and statistics are subject to change as new research and studies are published.
Making awareness and education available is crucial. Since 2006, the Foundation has worked to raise awareness of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers focusing on education, prevention and the need for improved patient care.