Planning on escaping the cold weather this winter? Vacations to sun destinations are a popular choice. While planning for your vacations don’t forget to add sun safety precautions to your to-do list.
Sunburns and short periods of intense UV exposure are both linked to skin cancer. Some of you might consider getting a “base tan” before leaving on vacation but this doesn’t protect you from sun damage.
Here are some sun safety tips to follow while you take a break from the cold northern weather:
Check the Local UV Report
Limit time in the sun when the UV Index is 3 or higher
Shade and cover up
Seek shade or make shade by using an umbrella, a UV protective tent or pop-up shelter
Wear comfortable clothes that cover as much skin as possible (even when swimming)
Wear a wide brimmed hat that covers the head, neck and ears
Eye protection and Sunscreen
Apply plenty of sunscreen
Look for SPF 30 or more and labelled “broad spectrum” and “water resistant” on skin not covered by clothes