The unofficial start to summer kicked off this past weekend and that means we can all start working on our tans.

Although we all enjoy getting outside and soaking in the rays, the sun can be very damaging for our bodies. We all need to make sure we take precautions when enjoying the outdoors in the summer like applying sunscreen.

"The more fair your skin, the more high you should go with upwards around 45 or 60. It really just depends on what your skin type is," stated first year pharmacy student, Ryan Luu.

Besides sunscreen, there are other steps you can take to protect yourself from the sun.

"You can try to avoid the sun during peak hours during 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., try to stick to the shade during those times, you can wear protective clothing, wear a hat and sunglasses," explained pharmacy student Danielle Deslauriers.

"If you're playing in the water and getting wet, I definitely recommend reapplying your sunscreen. You should be re-applying it after two hours if you're out in the sun. You should also re-apply it if you're sweating excessively or after towelling off," Deslauriers outlined.

Luu and Deslauriers held a sun safety clinic yesterday, May 25, at Riverside Value Drug Mart so we all can start thinking ahead when it comes to our bodies safety.

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