National Sun Awareness Week takes places the first week of June every year. The event has been put on by the Canadian Dermatology Association (CDA) every year since 1989 to remind us that throughout the spring and summer, children and adults alike need to be extra vigilant to protect their skin from the sun. The week is marked by free skin cancer screening events put on by CDA throughout Canada. There’s also school visits by dermatologists and other activities for children.

Remember to Protect Your Skin From the Sun

1. Stay out of the midday sun from 10 am to 4 pm. This is when the sun is the most powerful and you’re most likely to burn. 2. Wear enough sunscreen. Apply a broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen from head to toe every two hours. It’s important to reapply, especially when you’re in the midday sun. 3. Cover up. Wear long sleeve shirts, large sunglasses, and hats to make sure your skin is covered up. 4. Keep babies out of the sun. It’s safest to keep babies under six months of age out of the sun completely. While the above steps are important to keep your skin continually protected, you can treat brown spots, caused by the sun and aging, with a brown spot corrector like Zax's Original Darkspot Cream. It’s made with licorice extract, which inhibits the production of melanin, the dark pigment in the skin.

Sara Novak is a Natural Health Care Expert for Zax Health. Follow her on Twitter at @sarafnovak.