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Winter Travel

Did You Know?

  • Your winter getaway may be short, but the intense UV exposure your skin gets – even for a couple of days - can cause permanent damage to your skin and eyes.
  • A base tan is NOT a safe tan. Getting a “base tan” before a vacation doesn’t protect you from sun damage and should be avoided.  Tanning beds can expose you to 5 times more radiation than the sun. 

Sun exposure and your skin & eyes

Exposure to UV rays can lead to:

  • Skin cancer
  • Eye lesions 
  • Skin damage 
  • Cataracts 
  • Sunburns 
  • Retinal burns
  • Wrinkles

Enjoy the sun safely.  Protect your skin and eyes.

Time of Day: Avoid direct sun exposure when the UV index is 3 or higher.

Shade: Seek shade or make shade by using an umbrella or other shaded shelter.

Cover Up: Wear clothes that cover as much of the skin as possible or UV-protective clothing.  Wear a wide brimmed hat or baseball cap with flaps that cover the 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 sunglasses with UV 400 or 100% UV protection.

Things to avoid

  • Getting a ‘”base tan” before you travel.
  • Getting a tan or sunburn.

For information on Preventing Heat-Related Illnesses click here.