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UV rays from the sun are the primary cause of skin cancer. It’s common knowledge. But we can’t avoid the sun altogether because it is our primary source of vitamin D.

This leaves many in a conundrum, wondering how they can benefit from the sun without being exposed to its harmful ultraviolet radiation. Here are some tips to prevent sun damage:

Sunscreen, Sunscreen, Sunscreen

We cannot emphasize enough on the importance of wearing sunscreen outside. Whether it’s summer or winter, sunny, cloudy, or rainy, or you’re going to be under the sun or in the shade, never step out of your home during the day without wearing sunscreen. Experts say it is one of the easiest ways to prevent millions of cancer cases every year. So, remember the rule: you must wear sunscreen while the sun is out.

When using sunscreen, ensure it’s SPF 30 or higher, broad spectrum, and water-resistant. Apply it at least 15 to 30 minutes before sun exposure and reapply every two hours.

Cover Yourself Up

While sunscreen is your primary defence against harmful UV rays, wearing full clothes is also recommended when stepping out in the sun. You may not want to wear long pants and a full-sleeve shirt when the sun is shining bright (especially in the summer), but skin experts recommend it.

Don’t Forget Your Neck and Ears

The neck is one of the most overlooked areas of the body. And ears? We don’t even think about them. But they are as much a part of your body and prone to sun damage as any other area. So, it’s important to protect them, too.

The best way to protect your neck and ears is to wear a round, wide-brimmed hat. You will also get some additional protection for your face.

Avoid Going Out During the Peak Sun Hours

It may not always be possible, but whenever you can, try not to go in the sun (or limit your time outdoors) between 10 and 4. These are the peak sun hours, meaning this is when the sun’s rays are the strongest or most intense.

Find Shade When You Can’t Stay Indoors

When you have to step out during the peak sun hours, try to be in the shade as much as possible. The shade will act as an additional protective layer, blocking out some (if not all) of the UV rays and limiting your sun exposure.

Consult Jade Clinics to Maintain Healthy and Flawless Skin

You can take measures to limit your sun exposure, but you can’t completely avoid it. Your skin will get exposed to some amount of UV rays. Fix the damage they cause and keep your skin happy and healthy with Jade Clinics’ skincare experts. We offer a range of personalized skincare treatments to help our fellow Canadians maintain their youthful glow. Get in touch with us for a skin consultation today.

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