Poster: SUNSCREEN Tips

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Organization: Health Canada

Published: 2018-07-26

Choose a sunscreen with…

  • Broad-spectrum (protects against both UVA and UVB rays)
  • SPF 30 +
  • water resistant


Apply sunscreen 15 minutes before going outside.
Re-apply every 2 hours or more often… especially if swimming, towelling off, or sweating heavily
Keep babies out of the HEAT & DIRECT SUNLIGHT whenever possible.
Ask a health professional about using sunscreen on babies less than 6 months old
Use a wide-brimmed hat
Use loose, lightweight clothing
Keep babies well hydrated
Consider testing your sunscreen on a small patch of skin

If your skin develops a rash, becomes itchy, or otherwise reacts:

  • Stop using the product
  • Talk to your health professional if you have questions or concerns OR
  • Choose a product with different ingredients

For an ADULT

Use about 7 tsp (35ml) for the entire body. 1tsp for:

  • Face and neck
  • Each arm and leg
  • Front
  • Back

DON'T FORGET often missed areas: tops of ears, nose, shoulders, feet, scalp (if hair-challenged)… Use a sunscreen lip balm to protect your lips, too!

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