With so many of us cooped up inside throughout winter, the idea of stepping out into the sunshine this spring and summer is something we can't wait to do!
But as the skin cancer capital of the world, it’s important we Aussies remember to stay SunSmart and keep our skin protected.
The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation is the major cause of skin cancer, not to mention sunburn, tanning, premature ageing and eye damage. Unlike the sun’s heat and light we can’t see or feel UV radiation.
Why wear sunscreen?
According to Cancer Council, every year 2,000 Australians die from skin cancer - an almost entirely preventable disease.
Sunscreen not only reduces the risk of skin cancer and sunburn, it also reduces the ageing effect of the sun. It’s recommended you wear sunscreen whenever the UV levels reach 3 or higher. You can use the free SunSmart app or visit the Bureau of Meteorology website to check the UV Index.
How often should I reapply?
The Cancer Council recommends applying a sunscreen that is SPF30 or higher before heading outside and then reapplying every two hours, after swimming, sweating, exercising or towel drying.
Sunscreen isn’t recommended for babies under the age of 6 months. Instead, use protective clothing, a hat and seek shade.
How to stay SunSmart
There are five strategies for staying SunSmart.
- 1. Slipping on sun protective clothing
- 2. Slopping on SPF30 or higher water resistant sunscreen
- 3. Slapping on a broad brim hat
- 4. Seeking shade when possible, and
- 5. Sliding on sunglasses
Your local Ramsay Pharmacy can help with all your sun protection needs. Find your nearest pharmacy here. Why not visit us to get SunSmart for Spring!