The National Post recently published an article on Oakville’s ban on indoor tanning for minors. Click below to read the article in full:
In short, Oakville councilors passed a bylaw that bars anyone under 18 from using commercial tanning beds and booths. This is after a slew of research indicated that exposure to indoor tanning before the age of 35 increases the danger of melanoma by 35%.
With all of our posts on sunscreen it is no wonder that ICLS supports this bylaw; and in the spirit of healthy living, we asked Dermatologist Dr. Sapra to offer up a few sun protection tips.
- Do Not Tan! Overexposure to UV rays from both natural and artificial sources is dangerous and should be avoided.
- The sun is the strongest between 10am and 4pm, so try to plan your outdoor activities outside of this time period, whenever possible.
- Use extra caution near water, snow, and sand, because they reflect damaging UV rays and increase your chance of sunburn, and other damage to the skin and eyes.
- Wear sunglasses that provide 100% UV protection (look for models that advertise both UVB and UVA protection).
- And lastly, use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or greater to protect uncovered skin. For even better protection we love the Vitalscience 85 SPF! Apply the sunscreen 30 minutes before sun exposure and reapply every 1-1/2 to 2 hours even on cloudy days and after swimming or sweating.