Tuesday Tip: Spring Break Sun Safety
Windsor, ON - This spring break, many are either headed south, to sunnier and warmer destinations, or maybe north, to ski on some slopes.

Wherever you're travelling, chances are you're going to be exposed to the sun a bit more than you're used to this time of year.

Nursing Faculty Bev Jones says it's important for those headed to beach getaways to always remember to wear sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses as you enjoy your tropical adventure.

Sun Safety
Always wear, sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses

Jones points out that sunburn, skin cancer, premature aging, wrinkles, sagging of skin, discolouration and damage to yours eyes are some of resulting harms the sun can have on your body.

"New models of sunglasses have side panels so you don't get any lateral damage coming in," suggest Jones. "So wear your shades."

The same goes for when you are at a colder destination, perhaps skiing. UV exposure is greater the higher the altitude you are because the air is thinner and cleaner.

And even if you're staying in Windsor-Essex, with more spring-like temperatures recently, you're probably spending more time outdoors.

"The demographic for us in Windsor-Essex is that we live at the most close to the equator's latitude in the nation," says Jones. "And so we work outside, live outside and play outside for many months of the year."

She said many in this area have experienced sunburn at some point in their lives. And if you have been sunburned before, you're more at a higher risk of developing skin cancer.

If you find that you do get sunburned this March Break, take it seriously, warns Jones.

"Every time you get sunburn, it's a first degree burn to your skin," says Jones. "It's no different than when you get a splatter of grease on you from the stove or frying pan."

She says to firstly get out of the sun, and apply cool compresses, take cold baths or showers and apply moisturizing agents that are high in water content to rehydrate and relieve the burn.

"When sunburnt, the skin is dehydrated, so use moisturizers like aloe," says Jones. "Putting another dehydrating agent on it, like oil, just makes the skin be more parched and more wrinkly."

She also says to be sure to rehydrate by drinking lots of water and avoiding alcoholic beverages, which can dehydrate you more.

When it comes to sun safety in general, Jones suggests taking a look at the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit's Working Towards Wellness campaign on their website, along with Rexall's website for a comprehensive look at their Stay Sun Safe initiative.

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