The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation is the major cause of skin cancer. UV damage also causes sunburn, tanning, premature ageing and eye damage. The good news is you can prevent damage – and skin cancer – by being SunSmart.
For best protection, we recommend a combination of sun protection measures:
Slip on sun protective clothing that covers as much skin as possible
- Wear a shirt with a collar rather than a singlet top, when swimming, wear a wet suit or rash vest
Slop on sunscreen
- SPF30+ sunscreens filter out 97% of UV radiation. Use SPF50 where possible.
- Sunscreen will only filter out sun if enough sunscreen is used and it is used properly
- Sunscreen should be applied over all areas of exposed skin 20 minutes before sun exposure and reapplied every two hours (sooner if you’ve been swimming or sweating)
- Try to use water resistant sunscreens
- Apply sunscreen liberally to each limb, the front and back of the body and the face, neck, ears, hands and feet
- Should sunscreen cause irritation discuss this with the Doctor or staff
Wear on a hat
- Wear a wide brimmed hat to protect your face, back of the neck, eyes and ears
- 11am – 3pm is when the sun’s UV rays are their harshest, try your best to seek shade especially during these hours
Slide on some sunglasses
- Long term exposure to UV radiation can cause cataracts and skin cancers of various tissues in the eye
- Using sunglasses which wrap around the face and are close fitting will provide the maximum protection. There is an Australian Standard for sunglasses.
Protect the skin you’re in with the SunSmart App for iPhone and Androids.
The SunSmart App lets you know when you do and don’t need sun protection, making it easier than ever to be smart about your sun exposure all year.