Summer is finally here! That means fun family picnics, BBQ suppers with friends, and splashing around in the water under a warm sun.
Whether you love the great outdoors or prefer a more urban vibe, it’s always important to plan your activities to avoid nasty surprises. So that you can fully enjoy summer, we’ve put together a few useful tips.
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Protect yourself from UV rays
Not only are sunburns often painful, they also harm the skin. Skin damage accumulates with each sunburn, which can prematurely age skin, weaken the immune system, and even increase the risk of skin cancer.
UV rays clearly harm the skin, but the degree of damage that they cause depends on certain factors such as weather conditions, the humidity level, altitude, and latitude.
The UV index was created to help people choose appropriate protection based on the intensity of UV radiation.
The higher the index, the stronger the UV rays. The UV index can usually be found in newspapers, on the Internet, or on television.
Source : Environnement Canada – www.ec.gc.ca
It’s important to protect our skin from the harmful effects of the sun’s ultraviolet rays, but when faced with the large selection of sunscreens, how do you choose?
Here are some tips that will help you make an informed decision!
Without the right UV protection, your eyes can be exposed to a variety of different problems. Sunglasses protect not only your eyes but also the thin, delicate skin around your eyes.
The sun’s UV rays can contribute to the formation of cataracts and the development of macular degeneration.
Not only can good sunglasses cut the glare caused by the sun, they should also protect your eyes from harmful UV rays.
Tips for choosing sun lense
There are various insect repellents on the market. Those formulated with DEET, icaridin, and lemon eucalyptus (not to be confused with eucalyptus oil or citronella), are the most recommended products. However, DEET and icaridin repellents are preferred for preventing tick bites. Recommendations for use vary depending on age and the desired protection time.
Source : Government of Quebec
Poison ivy can be found almost everywhere—in the woods, in fields, on the side of the road, in wet or dry soil, in the sun, and in the shade.
Learn to identify this plant and when in doubt, steer clear! Its pointed leaves come in clusters of three, where the stem of the middle leaf is longer. They are reddish in spring, become dark green in summer, and turn yellow, red, or orange in fall.
The toxic sap of the leaves causes an inflammatory reaction when it comes into contact with skin. This inflammation generally appears 24 to 48 hours after contact.
Don’t worry—you can take certain measures to alleviate the symptoms, which generally disappear in 7 to 10 days.
Ideally, you should rinse the affected area with cold water as soon as possible.
And don’t worry! Contrary to popular belief, the allergy (dermatitis) is not reactivated year after year unless you’re exposed to poison ivy again!
Keep this guide handy, as it contains simple and useful information on preventing and treating common summer complaints.Follow these tips for you and your family—and enjoy the summer!
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