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Sun Tanning / Indoor Tanning

Did you know?

  • Ultraviolet  (UV) rays from the sun and indoor tanning devices are carcinogenic (cancer causing).
  • It is illegal for people under 18 to use tanning beds in Ontario.
  • Young people are more vulnerable to the harmful effects of UV rays.
  • Using indoor tanning before the age of 35 has been associated with a significant increase in the risk of melanoma. 

Exposure to UV rays can lead to:

  • Wrinkles
  • Retinal burns
  • Skin damage
  • Cataracts
  • Premature skin ageing
  • Eye lesions

One indoor tanning session can increase the risk of skin cancer.

Enjoy the sun safely. Protect your skin and eyes.

Time of Day: If you can, limit time in the sun when the UV Index is 3 or higher, usually between 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Shade: Seek shade or make shade by using an umbrella, a UV protective tent or pop-up shade shelter.

Cover Up: Wear clothes that cover as much skin as possible or UV-protective clothing. Wear a wide brimmed hat or baseball cap with flaps that cover the head, neck and ears.

Sunscreen: Apply plenty of sunscreen with SPF 30 or more, labelled ‘broad spectrum’ and ‘water resistant’. Reapply when needed (especially after swimming, sweating, or towelling). Use a sunscreen lip balm.

Sunglasses: Wear close fitting/wrap-around style with UV 400 or 100%  UV protection.

Things to avoid

Getting a tan or a sunburn.

Exposing yourself to UV rays to meet vitamin D needs. Use food or supplements instead.