Tips for being SunSmart this Summer

Don’t get sucked in by the heat this weekend. Remember, UV radiation is not hot. Your risk of sunburn is exactly the same on cooler days as it is on the hotter days in summer. Be SunSmart when the UV is 3 or above, visit for your UV forecast and find out when sun protection is required.

Plan to be outside when the UV is below 3. No sun protection is needed then.

If you are outside when UV is 3 or higher then:

•    Slip on long clothing. Wear cool and long sun-protective clothing with a close weave. Use clothing to cover as much skin as possible. Clothes work best!

•    Slop on sunscreen– Choose a water-resistant, broad spectrum sunscreen which is 30+ or higher, and layer it on thickly 20 minutes before going out into the sun. Do not rub it in! Remember to reapply sunscreen every 2 hours, or more if towel drying or sweating excessively.

•    Sunscreen is your last line of defence not the first thing you should use. Use sunscreen on parts of the body that cannot be covered by fabric.  Sunscreen should never be the only method of sun protection used. Nor should it be used to stay out in the sun longer.

•    Slap on a hat- Wear a broad-brimmed, bucket or legionnaire-style hat which protects your ears, sides of the face and back of the neck.

•    Try this…Take a selfie while wearing a cap in the sun. Have a look at how much sun still hits your ears and sides of your face. Caps do not keep enough sun off. The ears, sides of the face and back of the neck are prime skin cancer sites.

•    Seek shade- Shade provides good sun protection, but remember that UV rays reflect off surfaces such as sand, water and paving, so use other sun protection measures when in the shade too.

•    Slide on sunglasses- Protect your eyes with close-fitting wrap-around sunglasses.

•    Sunglasses should be worn when outside during daylight hours, not just when there’s obvious glare. The angle of the sun varies throughout the day, and affects how much UV radiation reaches the eye at different times.

•    The best way to protect yourself from the sun is to use a combination of Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide!

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