Safely enjoy

the spring sunshine!

Spring is around the corner and the sun will soon make a brilliant appearance. So, it’s time to think about sun protection.

Spring brings with it the gentle warmth of the sun's rays. In small doses, the sun plays a beneficial role on mood and helps the production of vitamin D, which is essential to bone health. However, exposure to the sun carries risks and requires protective measures.

The sun's rays and
sun protection factor

The sun's ultraviolet rays mainly consist of UVB and UVA rays. UVB rays are responsible for sunburns, the most common immediate adverse effects of sun exposure. As for UVA rays, they lead to aging of the skin. Both types of UV rays are involved in the development of skin cancer. Sun protection is essential to prevent these unwanted effects.

A sunscreen's protection factor is a measure of its effectiveness. This indication estimates the product's protection factor against UVB rays and, thus, against sunburns. The protection factor follows the term "SPF" (sun protection factor) on product labels.

Some practical advice

Here is some advice to protect your skin against UV rays:

  • Wear a large-brimmed hat and sunglasses
  • Decrease sun exposure during the time when the sun's rays are at their strongest; that is, between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
  • Wear clothes that cover as much of the body as possible
  • Stay in the shade as often as possible
  • Ask your pharmacist if the medication you take could make your skin more sensitive to the sun's effects

How to get the
most out of your sunscreen

There are simple ways to
maximize your sunscreen's
beneficial effects:

  • At the beginning of spring, use adequate
    suns protection that can simply be
    applied over your moisturizing cream.
  • Apply a generous coat of sunscreen before
    going out into the sun. Keep in mind that two coats are better than one!
  • Apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before going out into the sun.
  • Use a sunscreen that has a high SPF (at least 30).
  • Make sure to cover all the areas of the body that will be exposed to the sun (ears, nape of the neck, feet, back of the knees, etc.).
  • Repeat application every two hours, especially after swimming or excessive sweating, even when using a waterproof formulation.

Choose a texture (cream, gel, milk or spray) adapted to your needs and preferences. We tend to reapply a product with a texture that we like more often. A few precautions and the use of an adequate sunscreen will allow you to enjoy these sunny days as a couple, with friends, or as a family! You will also safely fill up on vitamin D!

Speak to your pharmacist for additional information about
sun protection and the products available.

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Spring is around the corner and the sun will soon make a brilliant appearance. So, it’s time to think about sun protection.
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