The ministry recommends you limit exposure to the sun during the most harmful hours, between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 pm. They’re asking families to protect themselves accordingly, as dermatologists strongly recommend wearing sunscreen with a UVA, UVB and SPF of 30 or higher and using lip balm with SPF 30 as well. You’re also advised to use protective gear, including a hat during your time in the sun.
As a reminder, tans and sunburns are still considered skin damage.
“While many people think that a tan looks good, it is really a sign that the skin is trying to protect itself from the ever stronger UV rays that come with summer, rays that cause aging of skin, premature wrinkling and skin caner,” Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Perry Kendall said.
The ministry also says direct exposure to sun and hot temperatures can cause dehydration and illness, advising to stay in the shade during the hottest hours of the day and drink plenty of water to prevent heat exhaustion.
It’s particularly important for babies and children to be protected because their skin can burn in on only 15 minutes, depending on the UV index.