Protecting your skin from the sun should always be a priority, no matter the season. But during the summer months, when we spend extended periods of time outdoors, it’s even more important to lather up and stay protected. Aside from shielding us from painful sunburns, sunscreen is our first line of defence against skin cancer and premature ageing when we’re enjoying the outdoors. Remember to follow these sunscreen sun safety tips below before you head outside.

Use It Every Day

Even on overcast days, UV rays can still be dangerously high, making them a hazard to your skin and health. Apply sunscreen every single day, even when it’s cloudy, even during the winter.

Apply at least an Ounce

Sunscreen won’t provide the full level of protection unless you’re wearing enough of it to adequately cover your skin. When applying, aim to use at least an ounce or one shot glass to give your skin a good layer of protection.

Use Broad Spectrum with SPF 30 or Higher

If you’re using a sunscreen that only offers UVA protection with SPF 10, it won’t do much good at shielding your skin from harmful UV rays. Always choose a broad-spectrum (UVA and UVB) sunscreen with at least SPF 30. If you plan to be in the water, get one that is waterproof.

Reapply Every 2 Hours

Sunscreen can wear off as we sweat and carry on with our daily activities. Don’t forget to reapply it every two hours, and if you’re going to be splashing around in the water, reapply every hour. 

Cover Up

Even while wearing sunscreen, it’s important to cover up your skin and give it a break from the intense sun. Wear long sleeves whenever possible, or carry a shawl with you to cover up during those peak hours when the sun is most intense – between 10 am and 4 pm. Don’t forget to wear sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat too.

How to Treat Sun Damage

UV rays from the sun have a direct impact on the condition of our skin. Too much exposure can lead to sunspots, crow’s feet, wrinkles and a dull, rough-looking complexion. At The Ottawa Skin Clinic, we offer a range of different treatments that can help to replenish, nurture and revitalize your skin from sun damage. 

Here are a few of our most popular treatments that are designed to target and repair skin damaged by the sun ( Please note that some of the following treatments are not performed during the Ontario Covid-19 Step 1 reopening plan, please contact the clinic for more details):

  • PhotoFacials
  • Advanced Facials
  • HydraFacials
  • Chemical Peels
  • SilkPeels

Ready to book an appointment? Contact us at The Ottawa Skin Clinic today for a free consultation. One of our skincare specialists will help you determine the best treatment for your skin needs.