Stay safe in the sun while enjoying summer fun1 min readReading Time: < 1 minute
Summer is finally here! After a winter without much sunshine, these warm sunny days are a welcome change. Before stepping outside, the experts from Region of Waterloo Public Health have some tips to help you protect yourself from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays.
UV rays can damage our skin and eyes, causing sunburns or skin cancer. Remember, even on cloudy days, UV rays can still cause harm.
Tip #1: Plan to Protect
UV rays are measured with the UV Index, which you can find in any weather forecast. Check the UV Index each day and protect yourself from the sun when the UV Index is three or higher. And bring plenty of water you can drink to stay hydrated!
Do you know what the UV Index numbers mean? Learn more here.
Tip #2: Cover Up
Use layers of protection outside to reduce your UV exposure. Seek shade or bring your own shade, such as an umbrella. Wear wide-brimmed hats and loose clothing that covers as much of your skin as possible. Wear sunglasses with UV protective lenses to help to prevent damage to your eyes. Try to limit time in the sun during the peak UV hours between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Tip #3: Apply Sunscreen
Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect your skin from both UVA and UVB rays. Make sure your sunscreen is SPF 30 or higher and water resistant. Apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes before going outside. Use a generous amount of sunscreen and reapply regularly, especially after swimming and sweating. Don’t forget to also use an SPF lip balm.
Enjoy the outdoors and sunshine this summer. Be sure to protect your eyes and skin! Read more about sun safety here.