Even if you don’t make a habit of frying yourself on the beach or in a tanning bed, sun damage can sneak up on you. The sun’s radiation is strongest during the summer months, but you can be exposed to UV radiation year-round – and in ways you might not expect.
Suntips for avoiding sun exposure
- Seek the shade: On bright days, look for outdoor spots offering good coverage from the sun, such as under a tree, an awning, or a big patio umbrella.
- Be in the know: Every day, Environment Canada measures the intensity of the sun’s UV radiation. When the index reaches 3 or higher, take actions to protect yourself from the sun. Check out today’s UV index. You can also access your exact location’s UV index via the UV Canada app for I-Phone or Android.
- Watch the clock: The sun’s radiation is strongest in the middle of the day. Try to limit the amount of time you spend in direct sun between 11 am and 3 pm.
- Don’t be fooled: You can get burned even on a cooler or cloudy day. You should protect yourself from early spring right through to the fall.
- Chill out: Don’t forget that you can get a nasty sunburn in the winter. Fresh snow and ice can reflect up to 85% of UV radiation. Also, the intensity of the sun’s rays increase by 10% for every 1,000 metres of altitude. Always protect your skin before hitting the slopes.