Chris' Corner: Be prepared for the summer sun!

Be prepared for the summer sun!

Summer sun and skin cancer, more and more, the two are becoming synonymous.

Here are a few tips that you might find helpful:

If you are planning to be outdoors in summer, where sunscreen,even on cloudy days.

Choose a sunscreen with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide as these compounds are not absorbed by the skin. Slather it on thirty minutes before you go outside and re-apply every two hours. Wherever possible, opt for SPF-30 or higher.

Broad spectrum sunscreens, those that protect against both UV-A and UV-B, guard against sunburn (caused by UV-A) and wrinkles (caused by UV-B).

Consider buying a sunscreen stick for the face and use around the eyes.

If you choose to use a spray, make sure you or your children hold their breath for at least five seconds not to inhale the spray.

Remember that covering up is an even better protection!

The sun's UV normally peaks from 10 am until 4 pm. The best protection is to stay inside when UV is usually at its peak, from 11 am until 3 pm.

Pay attention to the UV forecast that is normally part of your weather broadcast, available online, on TV, and on many radio stations.

Be Prepared, Stay Safe!!

When researching this topic, I happened on this rather "adult humour" tongue and cheek guide to summer protection in the New Yorker. If you want or need a laugh, check it out =)

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Comment balloon 11 commentsChris Smith • June 05 2011 09:13AM


People come to south Florida and don't realize how close they are to the equator and how strong the sun is here. Even in the winter, you want to protect yourself.

Posted by Kathy Denworth, Realtor in the Florida Keys, Islamorada, Key Largo (Century 21 Schwartz Realty) about 9 years ago

This is wonderful advice, Chris!  I have to continually have cancerous spots removed due to NOT using sunscreen in my younger years.  If I would have only listened to my mother!

Wake Forest NC House Chick

Posted by Leesa Finley, RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate (RED Properties) about 9 years ago

Great tips Chris and so important. The one we have to remember is to put it on 30 minutes before heading's still a last minute "oh yeah the sunscreen"....We will think of this post now and put it on early!  Thanks for the Sunday chuckles...we had to click on the NewYorker! LOL! 

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 9 years ago

Kathy, I know of several Canadians who have holidayed there and after the first day, spent their holiday recovering from sunburn and/or heatstroke...

Leesa, as you well know, the sun is even more damaging now due to our actions in reducing the ozone layer...

Al and Peggy, I thought of this idea for a post after seeing my wife resemble a striped cooked lobster after a school field trip... We have to remember to re-apply it every two hours...

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 9 years ago

Chris - I have seen sunscreen with SPF 110 this year.  It is simplest to stay indoors during peak UV hours or stay in the shade

Posted by FN LN about 9 years ago

Chris.  You should be out here in Denver where the elevation is mile high.  Nothing works to prevent sun burn when you are outside - except maybe a space suit. 

Posted by Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living! (Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado) about 9 years ago

Chris, Great advice for fair skinned people especially. I cover up a lot in light clothing, especially when fishing on the lake all day but also use sunscreen on my face and hands and top of the feet. Sunburns sneak on you and the pain is unbearable at times!

Posted by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR (Red Rock Real Estate) about 9 years ago

Chris, I have only recently started taking the UV levels that they broadcast on the radio seriously. I do spend as much time as I can outdoors in the summer, so this is increasingly becoming something to heed.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) about 9 years ago


You raise some good points. I'm going to have to use it since i hate wearing hats.


Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) about 9 years ago

Heln was out on Thursday with SPF 60 sunscreen and still burned herself Marc, maybe we should be looking at SPF 110...

Belinda, we are paying for the sins of our past.  The ozone layer is not what it used to be.

Wanda, I forgot to mention, but the reflection of sun from snow or water is also a concern, if you cannot stay indoors during the peaks, covering up is next best.


Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 9 years ago

Malcolm, I find Breakfast Television on the CITY TV netweork to give good UV values, so does

Brian, cancerous skin growths are becoming much more common... protect yourself.

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 9 years ago