“My Skin” magazine, a magazine put out by the Canadian Dermatology Association (CDA), in its recent issue highlighted:
- 50% of Canadians over 65 have had some form of skin cancer
- Up to 90% of skin aging is due to the effects of UV radiation from the sun and other UV-emitting devices such as tanning beds.
- You need 2-3 tablespoons of sunscreen to cover your body, and 1 teaspoon for the face
- SPF 30, the number recommended by the CDA, means that it takes 30 times longer for the skin protected with sunscreen to burn compared to unprotected skin. SPF is the amount of UVB blocked by sunscreen, and SPF 30 will block about 97% of it.
- Most people apply only between 1/4 – 1/2 of the amount of sunscreen that they should, so with an SPF 30, you’re really only getting about SPF 10.
- All sunscreen ingredients approved by Health Canada are approved for use in children 6 months and older.
- Children and those with sensitive skin better tolerate physical sunsblocks with the active ingredients zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.