Limiting exposure to sun is an easy action we can all take

At Kamloops Skin Solutions, our goal is to add value to people’s lives through education, promotion of healthy lifestyle choices, and providing state of the art treatment options. During this time of year, when people love to enjoy the outdoors, we want to remind all our clients and friends about the benefits of limiting exposure to the sun to protect your skin. Sun damage is largely preventable and we encourage all our patients to follow guidelines set out by the Canadian Dermatology Association which provides this helpful list of sun safety information:

  • The highest amount of UV radiation in the day occurs between 11 am and 3 pm.
  • Overcast skies don’t mean there’s no risk—up to 80% of UV radiation can pass through clouds. Sunlight doesn’t have to be direct to do damage. Light reflected off surfaces such as sand, water, concrete, and snow can also cause damage. Reflected ultraviolet light (UV) is a particular hazard for the eyes.
  • A tan is actually an indication of skin damage. No matter your skin colour, you are still at risk of developing skin cancer.
  • Working in the shade, wearing a hat and lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that covers your skin is the best form of protection.
  • Apply sunblock generously to areas of skin not covered by clothing.
  • Sunscreens deteriorate in extreme heat, so store yours away from sources of heat.
  • Reapply every 2 hours if you plan to be outside all day.
  • Sunscreen and insect repellent can be used together; apply sunscreen first, then the repellent.

Kamloops Skin Solutions carries Vivier Pharma products including  Triple Protection SPF 30, which is a full spectrum sunblock containing minerals such as zinc oxide and titanium oxide, two key ingredients to a full physical block.

If you have questions about sun damage or are curious about treatments that can improve your skin, please contact us to book a consultation.