Sun Safety

Sun Safety Tips

  • Always wear sunscreen everyday, regardless of the weather and season
  • During long exposure to the sun make sure you cover up. Wear long sleeves, pants and hats with a wide brim. Wear high UV protection fabric whena available
  • Plan around the sun. Avoid being out between 10am and 2pm, however make sure to check your local weather forecast to avoid being outside when the UV index is highest
  • Take regular breaks in shade when possible. If no shade is available, take an umbrella or sun shelter
  • Wear sunglasses - preferably ones that wrap around the side of your face to protect your eyes
  • Going on a road trip? Make sure you put sunscreen on your hands. They are exposed to harmful UV rays more frequently when driving

The final tip is one of the most important, CHECK YOUR SKIN!  If you notice anything suspicious, make an appointment with a doctor to get a skin check. The most harmless seeming mole can be a melanoma. Regularly check over children and ask a friend or partner to check your back. 

When you book a skin check with a doctor they can photograph and record any moles that look suspicious allowing you to monitor them for changes.

If you are fair skinned, red headed, have a history of sunburn or a family history of skin cancer it is recommended that you make an appointment for a skin check.

Tips for Wearing Sunscreen

It important to reapply every 2 hours especially immediately after swimming

How much do I use?

The Cancer Council of Australia recommends 1 tsp for each limb, 1 tspn for the front of the body, one for the back and 1 for the head/face  =  7 tspns per adult.

Chemical or Physical?

There is a sunscreen for everyone.  Physical sunscreens contain zinc oxide and titanium oxide and are suitable for sensitive skins. These types of sunscreens also reflect light and scatter UV rays away from the skin.  Chemical sunscreens absorb UV and convert it into heat.  They can contain active ingredients to moisturize and nourish the skin as well.

Deciding what type of sunscreen to use is a personal choice.