Today is Sunscreen Day, and it’s time to spread awareness about the importance of sunscreen to your skin and overall health.

In Canada, sunlight is strong enough to cause skin cancer and premature aging of the skin. Sunscreen absorbs UV rays and prevents them from penetrating the skin. Make sure your sunscreen offers protection against both UVA and UVB rays (usually labelled “broad spectrum”). ~ Canadian Cancer Society

It’s important to wear sunscreen during the sunny months, but also to pick one that is meant for your skin type.

Here’s some tips:

 

  • SPF 15 sunscreen blocks 93% of UVB rays.
  • SPF 30 and higher sunscreen blocks 97% of UVB rays.
  • For children’s skin: PABA and oxybenzone are examples of chemicals that have been known to irritate children’s skin. Sunscreens for those with sensitive skin and children usually contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide which are safer for them.
  • For those with acne or rosacea: again, chemicals like PABA and oxybenzone can be harmful to your skin, as well as sunscreens with fragrances. Those with rosacea will also want to avoid sunscreens with alcohol, and those with acne will want to avoid oily sunscreens.
  • For those with dry skin: these skin types will benefit from sunscreens with moisturizers such as lanolin, oils and silicones.

Enjoy the spring and summer sun, and be safe!