If you can, limit time in the sun when the UV (ultraviolet) index is 3 or higher, usually between 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Seek shade or make shade by using an umbrella, a UV protective tent or pop-up shade shelter. Keep babies younger than 1 year of age out of direct sunlight.
Wear clothes that cover as much skin as possible or UV-protective clothing. Wear a wide brimmed hat or baseball cap with flaps that cover the head, neck and ears.
Apply plenty of sunscreen with SPF 30 or more, labelled "broad spectrum" and "water resistant". Reapply when needed (especially after swimming, sweating, or towelling). Use a sunscreen lip balm. Sunscreen may be used on babies over six months of age; avoid the mouth and eye areas. Read more about sunscreen.
Wear close fitting/wrap-around sunglasses with UV 400 or 100% UV protection. Children's and babies' sunglasses should be unbreakable.
Things to Avoid
Getting a tan or sunburn
Exposing yourself to UV rays to meet vitamin D needs. Use food or supplements instead
Get the Facts
PROTECTING YOUR SKIN IN THE SUN IS THE BEST WAY TO PREVENT SKIN CANCER.
SKIN CANCER IS THE MOST COMMON CANCER IN CANADA.
MELANOMA, THE DEADLIEST SKIN CANCER, IS INCREASING.
MELANOMA IS THE 4TH MOST COMMON CANCER FOR YOUTH AGED 15-29.
5 OR MORE SUNBURNS IN CHILDHOOD AND ADOLESCENCE DOUBLES THE RISK OF MELANOMA.