Stay Safe In The Sun – Pharmacists’ Association of N.L. Offer Tips For Selecting The Right Sunscreen


During the past few days, there has been a lot of need to apply sunscreen especially if you are from St. John’s area.

It’s important to note that there’s still a hot long summer ahead and the province’s pharmacists are reminding Newfoundlanders and Labradorians about the vital importance of being safe in the sun, in selecting the right sunscreen and correctly applying it.

“Most people know they should wear sunscreen,” community pharmacist, Kelda Newport stated in a release from the Pharmacists’ Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (PANL), “but many become overwhelmed when trying to select the right product.”

It’s important to know that SPF stands for sun protection factor and this is referring to the amount of time that it takes for skin damage to occur without protection and how long it would take if an appropriate amount of sunscreen would be applied.

Let’s take an example: SPF 30 protects skin 30 long as compared to not using sunscreen. The higher the SPF in a product, the more UVB rays will be blocked. PANL also recommend avoiding sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Tips for selecting the perfect sunscreen

  • Look for a sunscreen with the Canadian Dermatology Association (CDA) approval.
  • Look for a broad-spectrum product that protects you from both UVA and UVB rays.
  • Look for a product with a minimum of 30 SPF or higher.
  • Opt for a water-resistant product, especially if you’re planning to have activities in the water.
  • The product should be non-comedogenic, non-irritating and hypo-allergenic.
  • It’s recommended to avoid products with PABA if allergic or have sensitivities
  • Check the expiration date of the product before buying it.

Tips for applying sunscreen to maximize its benefits

  • Apply generously to exposed skin and don’t forget to use lip balm as well.
  • Apply makeup or insect repellent only after you have applied sunscreen.
  • Apply sunscreen 20 to 30 minutes before sun exposure and reapply it after about 40 minutes of swimming or sweating.

Follow these tips and you should be safe in the sun.


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