Skin Protection During the Summer

Skin cancer is the most common of all cancer types. About one-third of all new cases of cancer in Canada are skin cancers, and the rate continues to rise.

Did you know that the sun’s damaging UV rays can penetrate the clouds, the windows of your home or car, and even your clothing? That’s why it’s important to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful effects no matter the weather or the activities you’re doing outside. In this article, we will discuss why skin protection and sunscreen use are crucial components of maintaining healthy skin.

Reducing Skin Cancer Risk

The sun’s UV rays can cause skin damage, including sunburns, wrinkles, and dark spots. Most notably, they can cause skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common of all cancer types. About one-third of all new cases of cancer in Canada are skin cancers, and the rate continues to rise--over 84,000 cases annually (1 in 6 Canadians). Fortunately, one of the easiest ways to protect your skin and reduce your risk of developing skin cancer is by using broad-spectrum sunscreen.

Choosing the Right Sunscreen

When shopping for sunscreen, it’s important to choose one that offers broad-spectrum protection, which means it protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Make sure to pick a product with an SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 30, and higher if you will be spending extended periods in the sun. Also, look for sunscreens that are labeled as “water-resistant,” those can last longer on your skin through sweat, water, or physical activity.

It’s important to apply sunscreen generously and evenly to all exposed skin at least 20 minutes before sun exposure. Reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating.

In addition to wearing sunscreen, you can also protect your skin by wearing a wide-brimmed hat, long-sleeved shirts, and pants when outdoors.

Maintaining Beautiful and Healthy Skin

In addition to reducing the risk of skin cancer, using sunscreen and adopting good skin protection practices can also help maintain beautiful and healthy skin. Sun exposure can hasten the aging process, causing wrinkles, fine lines, and uneven skin tone. By using sunscreen regularly, you can help protect yourself against these effects and keep your skin looking healthy and radiant.

In conclusion, protecting your skin from the sun’s UV rays and incorporating sunscreens into your daily routine is essential for maintaining healthy and beautiful skin. Don’t forget to apply generously, reapply often, and use products with broad-spectrum protection, SPF of at least 30, and water resistance. So let’s go ahead and take care of our skin and enjoy the outdoors safely! 


Medical Help

If you have any questions about your skin health or notice any concerning changes, book an appointment with your family doctor. Alberta PCNs offers a wide selection of free services and classes to help you maintain a healthy life. 



Canadian Skin Cancer Foundation 

Skin Cancer--Government of Canada 

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