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National Sun Awareness Week

After what felt like an eternity of cold winter weather, the flowers are blooming, the sun is shining and we can all get back out into the garden.

Whether you’re building raised flowerbeds, mowing the lawn or simply enjoying afternoons on the patio, we can’t forget the importance of summer suncare – and what better way to remind us than the Canadian Dermatology Association’s annual, nationwide Sun Awareness Week.

Before heading outside to enjoy the warm weather, here are a few helpful tips you should remember.
Wear sunscreen
Looking for natural sunscreen alternatives. We’ve found 4 natural sunscreen products worth checking out:
1 Vegan and gluten-free Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Caribbean Coconut, True Natural, $23.81.
2 Natural Lip and Face screen SPF 31, Beyond Coastal, $6.99.
3 Natural Facial Sunscreen SPF30, Goddess Garden Organics, $17.99.
4 All-in-One Beauty Balm Sheer Tint with SPF 30, Andalou Naturals, $19.95.

Cover up
Wear light-coloured clothing and a wide-brimmed hat if you’ll be out in the sun for long periods of time. Make sure your sunglasses provide protection against both UVA and UVB rays.

Limit your time in the sun
When your shadow is shorter than you, the sun is at its strongest.

Always know your local UV Index forecast
When the UV index is 3 or higher, wear protective clothing, sunglasses and sunscreen.

Stay hydrated
Keep a bottle of water with you whenever possible.

This year’s Sun Awareness Week will take place Monday, June 2 to Sunday, June 8 and will be marked by a number of events and activities put on my the Canadian Dermatology Association, including: free skin screenings across Canada, school visits by dermatologists, and other activities for children and teens.

For more information and how you can get your free skin screening, visit the Canadian Dermatology Association website.


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