Health Canada recommends that Canadians wash their hands twice daily to avoid getting sunburns, but some people worry about radiation levels from the UV light that’s used in the process.
Health Canada is urging Canadians to wash their feet three times a week and face sunscreen twice a day.
The agency says that to ensure that they don’t get sunburned, you should wear sunscreen at least three times per week, as well as take the precaution of using a filter.
The federal government has set aside a fund to buy UV filters for every home in Canada.
A study from the University of Toronto found that the average Canadian will spend an extra $1,200 per year on UV filters.
Health experts are concerned that there may be some health risks associated with the process, including exposure to radiation and skin cancer.
“The main concern is that you don’t know what’s in the UV, and if you don`t know, you may not be aware of it and that could be really bad,” said Dr. Peter Fidler, a dermatologist in Toronto who has spent years studying UV exposure.
Fidlers research shows that people who are not up to the challenge of wearing sunscreen are at a higher risk for sunburn, and he says that’s why it’s important to wear sunscreen as soon as possible.
“There’s no way around it, the more UV exposure you get, the higher your risk of developing skin cancer,” he said.
Fosdick said there is no need to wear a filter on your feet because most people will be exposed to the sun.
“I think it’s an issue that is well understood, but I think the general public really doesn’t understand that there is a risk from wearing a filter,” he told CBC News.
“If you’re going to wear it, it should be on your head.”