Sun Awareness Week 2018

This year’s Sun Awareness Week will take place Monday, May 28 to Sunday, June 3, 2018.

With the approach of summer, it's easy to want to invite the sun in with open arms. We all know that we should wear sunscreen outdoors; it's something that we've heard a thousand times before. We sloth on sunscreen at the beach, when we jog or garden. But what about at work? Most people probably never think to apply sunscreen before or during work, yet the reality is, millions of people work outdoors for extended periods of time and are leaving their skin exposed to harmful UV rays. The key to prevention is changing the public’s attitude toward safe sun habits in the workplace, in the schoolyard, and at play. Overexposure to the sun can begin in childhood and last a lifetime.  

Here are some general guidelines on proper playing safe in the sun:

• Use sun protection every day over the mid-year period (Easter to end August at least)

• Apply minimum factor 30 sunscreen with good quality UV protection to all exposed areas including the face, tops of /behind ears and arms

• Apply to clean, dry skin

• Apply 15 to 20 minutes before going outside and re-apply liberally every 2-3 hours, more frequently if perspiring

• Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration