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Q. How do you be Sun Safe ?

1. Broaden your horizons: Use a quality broad spectrum sunscreen either a SPF 30+ or SPF 50+ rating that is water resistant

2. Prepare yourself: Apply your sunscreen on to a dry skin 20 minutes prior to sun exposure

3. Over and Over: Reapply sunscreen every 2 to 3 hours. We also recommend reapplying during activities causing sweating, after swimming and towelling off.

4. Run for Cover: Wear appropriate tight weaved or UV rated clothing as well as broad brimmed hats. Use shelter when possible

5. See the Light: Don't forget to protect your eyes. Use a good quality UV rated pair of sunglasses.

6. Remember the little bits: Sunscreen coverage is needed all over. Ears, neck, hands and feet are often forgotten. Lips too ! Lipbalms with sunscreen help protect your lips.

7. Plan your day: Consider the most intense part of the day for sun exposure is generally between 10 am and 3 pm and check local UV warnings.

8. Make it a habit: Sunscreen is an all day every day necessity

Q. What is SPF ?

SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and it is a rating which is a measure of the fraction of sunburn-producing UV rays that reach the skin. For example, "SPF 30" means that 1/30th of the burning radiation will reach the skin, assuming sunscreen is applied evenly with 2 milligrams per square centimeter (mg/cm2).

A user can determine the effectiveness of a sunscreen "by multiplying the SPF factor by the length of time it takes for him or her to suffer a burn without sunscreen." Thus, if a person develops a sunburn in 10 minutes when not wearing a sunscreen, the same person in the same intensity of sunlight will avoid sunburn for 300 minutes if wearing a sunscreen with an SPF of 30. 

It is important to note that sunscreens with higher SPF do not last or remain effective on the skin any longer than lower SPF and must be continually reapplied as directed, usually every two hours.


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