Staying Safe in the Alberta Summer Sun
Prolonged exposure can cause severe burns and life-threatening complications like heat stroke. Follow the tips below to avoid being burned by the Alberta summer sun.
- The sun’s intensity is at its greatest in Alberta from 11am to 4pm. Seek out shade whenever and wherever possible to avoid direct prolonged exposure.
- Wear loose-fitting long sleeved shirts and pants instead of shorts, with a wide-brimmed hat to shield your face from the sun. Woven materials provide the best sun barrier.
- Alberta Health Services recommends applying sunscreen 15 to 30 minutes prior to sun exposure to allow the protective ingredients to soak in. Reapply sunscreen as directed – usually every two hours, and after swimming or heavy sweating.
- Skin cancer is the most common cancer in Alberta with the lower lip being the most common spot of origin; so, don’t forget to apply lip balm with SPF.
- Alberta Health Services DOES NOT recommend sunscreen for infants that are less than 6 months old. Always keep infants in the shade to protect their delicate skin.
- The sun emits UV rays, and certain prescriptions such as tetracycline can make your skin even more sensitive to those rays. Always check your medication inserts prior to sun exposure.
- Don’t forget your eyes! Wear sunglasses with UV filters to protect your eyes and the delicate skin surrounding them from ultraviolet damage.
- Always be sure to check your skin regularly and visit a doctor if you experience moles that grow quickly, bleed, or cause irritation to your skin.