Picking a healthy sunscreen
Before you hit the beach or park for the day, it's important to pack a good dose of sunscreen. However, as the EWG Sunscreen Guide app explains, some creams can do more harm than good. This tool rates more than 500 different sunscreens using a colour-coded system to rate products from recommended (green) to caution (yellow) to avoid (red). The digital download also explains why some sunscreens can be bad for your health, revealing that ingredients such as Oxybenzone should be avoided and ingredients such as sync or titanium are in fact recommended. In other words, not all sunscreens are created equal but this app will help you make the right choices for you, your family, and your health.
Determining the day's 'safe' hours
Once you've picked out a good sunscreen, it's a great idea to get up-to-date about the day's UV index. Wherever you live or vacation across Canada, you'll be able to get reliable information from Environment Canada within this app to check in on the forecast and when the sun's rays will do the most damage. UV Canada is also very visually appealing, so with one quick glance you can see what hours of the day you should avoid extended sun exposure via a colourful graph. There are also sun safety tips and some disturbing images that show how UV can cause premature aging of the skin, such as wrinkling and sagging. For families, there is a section just for kids for further education.
Setting a sun exposure alarm clock
I don't know if you're ever tried to explain to a three-year-old child that it's important to wear sunscreen and limit exposure during the day's hottest hours, but if you have you know it's not an easy conversation. Wee ones want nothing more than non-stop outdoor play when the weather gets warm. SunSafe is an alarm countdown app to give you an estimate of how long you should stay in the sun. If you have kids, this is a great way to get them involved in the sun safety process. The countdown clock will also notify you when it's time to top up, informing you that it's time to lather the little ones in more sunscreen.
If you find any great Android apps for safe sunning, please post links in the comments.
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