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Take Your Skin To Heart, Wear Sunscreen

Posted by on June 14th, 2017

Sunscreen, you should be using it, but chances are you’re not. A 2013 survey by the CDC showed that only 14.3% of men and 29.9% of women put sunscreen on their exposed skin and face when outside for more than an hour. That’s not good and the results are predictable. Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers in the US and about 1 in 5 will contract a form of it. Your skin is the largest organ of your body, isn’t it time you started taking care of it?

One of the simplest things you can do to protect yourself is to wear sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher. It should also have broad spectrum protection, that is, protection against UVA and UVB rays. In case you’re wondering what the difference is between UVA and UVB here it is: UVA rays have a longer wavelength and penetrate deeper into the skin. UVB rays are strongest from 10 am-4 pm while UVA rays are around all day.

You should re-apply it every 2 hours or so and after sweating or swimming. No sunscreen is entirely waterproof so you must re-apply it after swimming. You can further protect yourself by covering up as much skin as possible (never a popular thing to do during summer but it is good advice). Wear long sleeves and a hat. Your hat is especially important for protecting your face and head. For every inch of brim on your hat you reduce your chances of skin cancer by 10 percent (so go buy that umbrella hat you’ve always wanted).

There’s a wide variety of products available for you to choose from. Ingredients vary depending on the type. There are two varieties of sunscreens available, chemical-based and mineral-based. Chemical-based sunscreens contain compounds that absorb UVA and UVB rays. They were developed to avoid the chalky white appearance left by old style zinc based sunscreens. Some people find their skin has sensitivities to these products and find that a mineral-based sunscreen is better. They use mineral compounds, zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, to reflect ultraviolet rays away from the body.

Both types of sunscreen provide critical protection against the sun. It’s one of the easiest ways to lower your risk of getting skin cancer. Canada Drugs has a wide variety of sunscreens available. We’d be happy to assist you with your sunscreen needs. Give us a call today.


Don’t Fry This Memorial Day- This summer be Sun Smart.

Posted by on May 28th, 2012

The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention designated the Friday before Memorial Day as Don’t Fry Day. For many around the U.S, the Memorial Day long weekend is the unofficial kick off to summer and with meteorologists predicting this summer to be the hottest on record around many region, it’s important to be reminded of proper skincare techniques to avoid the risks of over exposure from the sun.

Here are some quick facts and prevention notes from the National Council for Skin Cancer Prevention:

  • Skin cancer is the most common cancer
  • 20-30-year-olds get skin cancer more than any other cancer.
  • The incidence of many common cancers is falling, but the incidence of melanoma (the most serious form of skin cancer) continues to rise significantly, at a rate faster than that of any of the seven most common cancers.
  • One American dies every hour from melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.
  • Approximately 76,000 new cases of melanoma will occur this year.

Do Not Burn or Tan

  • Avoid intentional tanning.
  • Avoid tanning beds.
  • Ultraviolet light from the sun and tanning beds causes skin cancer and wrinkling.

Seek Shade

  • When sun’s rays are the strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Wear Protective Clothing

  • Long-sleeved shirt and pants.
  • A wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.

 Generously Apply Sunscreen

  • Use a broad spectrum sunscreen with Sun Protection Factor (SPF) 30 or higher for protection from ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation.
  • Apply 15 minutes before going outdoors and reapply every two hours.

Use Extra Caution Near Water, Snow, and Sand

  • These surfaces reflect the damaging rays of the sun, which can increase your chance of sunburn.

Get Vitamin D Safely

  • Through a healthy diet.
  • Take vitamin supplements.

Early detection of melanoma can save your life.  Carefully examine all of your skin once a month.  A new or changing spot should be evaluated. And remember that CanadaDrugs.com, Canadian Pharmacy has a full line of popular sunscreen at discount prices to help you stock up.


Be Careful under the Sun (And Tanning Bed)

Posted by on April 5th, 2012

A study published from the Mayo Clinic reports a dramatic rise of skin cancer for people under 40. It reports that between the years 1970 and 2009, the incidence of melanoma increased over 8 times among young women and four times among young men ages 18 to 39.

The researchers speculate that the use of indoor tanning beds is a key culprit in the rising cancer rate in this younger demographic. Previous studies have linked tanning beds to skin cancer, including one that found that people who use them are 74% more likely to develop melanoma. In 2009, tanning beds were declared a human carcinogen by the International Agency of Research on Cancer. This puts them in the same cancer risk category as cigarettes.

CanadaDrugs.com, Canadian pharmacy can’t protect you from the harmful rays of a tanning bed, but our full line of discount sunscreen products are a cost effective way to protect yourself and your family from outside rays.

Doctors recommend that you learn the ABCDE of skincare to educate yourself about the signs of skin cancer.

  • Asymmetry – one half unlike the other half
  • Borders – irregular or scalloped edges
  • Colour – different colours or shades of colours – can be white, red, black, or brown
  • Diameter – larger than 6 mm
  • Evidence – evidence of any change

If you see any changes in moles or marks on your skin that follow one of the ABCDE principles you should check with your doctor because early detection is key.


UV Safety Month

Posted by on July 12th, 2011

July marked UV Safety Month, an annual awareness month where the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Eye Doctor’s around the country encourage everyone to protect their eyes from UV-related damage.

We all know the importance of using sunscreen to protect our skin from the sun’s harmful rays, but what about protection for our eyes? During UV Safety Month people are reminded that the summer sun can not only lead to harmful burns and increased risk of skin cancer, but that prolonged exposure to the sun’s invisible, high energy ultraviolet rays without protection may cause eye conditions that can lead to vision loss, such as cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.

To protect your eyes it is recommended that you wear sunglasses and a wide brimmed hat when the UV index is high. It is also worth remembering that reflected sunlight off water, snow or pavement can be the most dangerous because it is intensified.

When picking sunglasses you want ones the block 99 to 100 percent of UV-A and UV-B rays. The ability to block UV light is not dependent on the darkness of the lens. UV protection can come from adding chemicals to the lens material during manufacturing or from a chemical coating applied to the lens surface, so don’t just assume that the darker your shades are that the better they protect. Also, the more expensive sunglasses are not necessarily better than cheaper ones when it comes to offering you eye protection. Many inexpensive sunglasses offer just as much sun protection as $500 designer eye wear.

So when you’re out playing in the summer sun, make sure you apply sunscreen bought from Canada Drugs online pharmacy and that you don’t forget your hat and sunglasses too to ensure that you are fully protected from the sun.


Know Your Sunscreen Facts

Posted by on July 6th, 2011

The federal government last week for the first time in more than 3 decades issued new sunscreen labeling regulations. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) new regulations attempt to ban sunscreen manufacturers from labeling their products with misleading information. The new rules which will go into effect in a years time should help sun worshipers better protect themselves by clarifying the confusing and misleading labeling on sunscreens and suntan lotions that often leave people confused about exact product is best to protect themselves and their family from harmful radiation.

The full guideline of new regulations can be read at the FDA website. Among the highlights of the new rules that you might notice when shopping for a sunscreen.

  • Products will no longer be able to be labeled “waterproof” or “sweatproof.” Instead, they will have to list how many minutes they can last in the face of moisture. Also gone? The word “sunblock.” Too misleading.
  • Only sunscreens found, in the lab, to protect equally against UVA and UVB rays will carry a “broad spectrum” designation. (The current SPF ratings that most consumers rely on refer to how well sunscreen stands up to UVB rays only.) In addition, only sunscreens that are SPF 15 and higher will be able to claim they reduce the risks of skin cancer and aging.

SPF, or the Sun Protection Factor, measures a sunscreen’s ability to protect against UVB rays, which are the rays that cause skin to redden. So does sunscreen with SPF 30 provide double the protection of SPF 15? According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, the reality looks like this: SPF 15 blocks 93 per cent of UVB rays; SPF 30 blocks 97 per cent; and SPF 50 blocks 98 per cent. Sunscreen isn’t additive, either, so putting on sunscreen with SPF 15 over a lotion with SPF 30 doesn’t equal SPF 45. and while SPF is an important factor when buying sunscreen, it doesn’t protect against UVA rays. Even though these rays don’t cause sunburn like UVB rays, they’re still dangerous. For starters, UVA rays penetrate deep into the skin, causing premature aging, including wrinkles, sagging and discolouration. Worse, they exacerbate UVB’s damaging effects and cause skin cancer. To shield skin from both UVB and UVA rays, find a sunscreen with “broad-spectrum protection.” Some ingredients to look for include titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, physical ingredients that offer UVA and UVB protection and are gentler on the skin than chemical formulas.

Besides knowing what’s in the sunscreen products it’s also smart to use them correctly. It’s always best to apply your sunscreen BEFORE you go outside! If you read the instructions on the back of product you will see that the manufactures recommend applying the sunscreen 15 to 30 minutes before you’re exposed to the sun’s powerful rays. That time let’s your skin absorb some of the product and makes it more effective.

Many people also don’t use enough sunscreen. It’s recommended that an adult needs about 1 ounce of sunscreen for adequate coverage and remember to apply the lotion or spray to all exposed skin. Many people forget about their ears, neck and feet, only to end up with a nasty and uncomfortable burn later in the day! Besides making sure you use enough, it will work better if applied to clean, dry skin and should always be reapplied after perspiring, exercise or swimming. The waterproof, and water resistant products still need to be reapplied after a certain amount of time to make sure they will continue to work.

And one more quick tip to make sure that you get the most out of your sunscreen…make sure you put it on! It seems simple, but even on overcast days, the sun is still in the sky and you are still getting UV radiation, so apply sunscreen no matter what the cloud cover is. Most weather reports will now include a UV warning, so let that guide your decision to wear sunscreen or not.

Everyone at CanadaDrugs.com wants our customers to enjoy the summer sun, but do it safely, that’s why we carry a full line of popular brand and comparable generics sunscreen products. Canada Drugs offers the widest assortment of OTC sunscreen products of any online pharmacy. We carry a variety of lotions, creams and spray sun protection products at all SPF levels. We sell all the major brand names available in the United States, as well as a selection of products available from other countries.