Sun Protection Essentials

Love the outdoors while protecting yourself and your family.

Learn how to be smart in the sun and safeguard your skin against damaging UV radiation.

UV Index 3 Or Above

Sunscreen should never be used on their own to protect against the Australian Sun.

Once the UV index is 3 or above, incorporate the following five sun safety measures into your daily outdoor routine:

1 – Protective Clothing

Always wear sun-protective clothing that covers as much skin as possible.

Remember that light fabric with an open weave often offers low levels of protection.

2 – Sunscreen

Apply a quality broad spectrum, water-resistant SPF30 (or higher) sunscreen.

Make sure that the correct amount of sunscreen is applied and reapply every 2 hours or after being in the water.

3 – Hats

Put on a broad brim or legionnaire style to protect your face, head, neck and ears.

Note that while a sporting cap or small hat may look fashionable they will provide minimal protection.

4 – Sunglasses

Don’t forget to also protect your eyes against long-term damage from UV light.

Protect your eyes by putting on a pair of sunglasses which meet Australian Standards

5 – Shade

Minimise direct exposure to the sun by seeking shade or creating a shaded area.

Remember that shade on its own is not enough, as reflected sunlight can still burn you under shade.

How Dangerous Is The Australian Sun?

Very much, as illustrated in the map below where areas with extremely high levels of UV are highlighted in red and pink.

It takes only a few minutes to get sunburnt during summer in Australia. Adequate protection is essential, all year round.

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Skin exposure to small amounts of UV radiation is essential for the production of vitamin D as less than 10% from food.

UV light is more than a thousand times higher in areas along the equator than it is in the Polar Regions.