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People often take trips to get more sun, but too much sun exposure is unhealthy. Adequate protection can help you avoid problems, from painful sunburns to skin cancer.
Basic Tips to Follow
Bear in mind that the sun's rays can reach you directly, but also reflect off water, sand, concrete and snow! Clouds filter very little sunlight, and water filters none. Protect yourself whenever you are outdoors, even when the sky is overcast or when you go swimming.
When Applying Sunscreen, Make Sure to:
|Babies under 6 months||
Avoid direct exposure to sunlight at all times. Use physical sun protection methods (clothing, hats or shade).
|Children over 6 months and adults||
Use a sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher. Avoid alcohol-based products.
Use products labelled as oil-free, non-comedogenic or hypoallergenic.
If you are fair-skinned with red or blond hair
If you take medication that increases your skin’s sensitivity to the sun
If you are pregnant
Use a sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher.
If you have a skin disease (psoriasis or cancer) or ever had skin cancer or an allergic reaction to the sun
| Use a sunscreen with SPF 60.
If you have questions about how to protect your skin from the sun, consult your pharmacist. He or she will provide you with a recommendation adapted to your skin type and any health considerations, so you can fully enjoy your time outdoors.
The information contained herein is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to provide complete information on the subject matter or to replace the advice of a health professional. This information does not constitute medical consultation, diagnosis or opinion and should not be interpreted as such. Please consult your health care provider if you have any questions about your health, medications or treatment.