For the best protection, use broad spectrum creams or gels — and cover up
Spray-on sunscreen and so-called base tans aren’t the greatest way to avoid a sun damage to your skin, a Calgary doctor is warning.
Most people accept that sunscreen is important but they need to do more to keep their skin healthy, Dr. Raj Bhardwaj says.
As May is Melanoma Awareness Month in Canada, the doctor is trying to dispel myths and confusion so people can enjoy the current stretch of sunny, warm weather. Sunshine and temperatures in the mid to high 20s C are forecasted for the next few days.
“It’s about preventing overall exposure, so not just preventing burns,” Bhardwaj told the Calgary Eyeopener on Tuesday.
Avoid looking like a zebra by applying cream or gel sunscreen all over your body. Use a teaspoon for small body parts, like for each arm, leg and face/neck. Use two teaspoons for larger parts, like your front and your back.