Sun protection a year-round necessity

Source: The Globe and Mail, September 2017

With Ontario’s great outdoors as her playground, Natalie Richardson soaked up the warmth of the sun as a child, through her teen years and into adulthood, often wearing little more than a bathing suit and minimal sunscreen.

“I was always a sun baby – I grew up along the waters of Ontario and would go to Florida on vacation, and I usually would only use sunscreen if I would go to a tropical place. And I used tanning beds, too,” says Richardson, whose medium-fair skin and Ukrainian background make her a prime candidate for sunburns.

Today at age 41 and living in Meaford, Ont., about 180 kilometres northwest of Toronto, you’d be hard-pressed to see Richardson’s skin at all when she goes outdoors.

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