Overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation causes wrinkles and skin and eye damage, ultimately leading to skin cancer.
UV can't be seen or felt. It's not like the sun's light which we see, or the sun's warmth (infrared radiation) which we feel.
Our senses can't detect UV so it can be damaging without us knowing.
Your local UV level is affected by a number of factors including the time of day, time of year, cloud cover, altitude, proximity to the equator, scattering and reflection.
That's why it's important to check the daily sun protection times for your location each day on the SunSmart app for iPhone, iPad and Android.
Our free SunSmart app lets you know when you need sun protection and provides up-to-date weather info from the Bureau of Meteorology, so it's the ultimate and only weather app you'll ever need!
With a few clicks, our user-friendly app gives you the UV level and sun protection times for the day wherever you are in Australia, along with the weather forecast powered by the Bureau of Meteorology, so you can be prepared for the day ahead.
The app also offers a reminder function that alerts you when you need to reapply sunscreen, a vitamin D tracker, and sunscreen calculator.
More SunSmart information and resources:
- Read more about our SunSmart program
- About Skin Cancer
- Vitamin D - finding the right balance; what is it and how much do I need?
- How to spot a skin cancer