Learn About Suncare
A tan is the skin’s physiological response to the damage that the skin is getting from the UV rays.
Of the UV radiation that the sun emits, 99 percent of what reaches the earth’s surface is UVA.
On days with high UV ratings, the harsh Australian sun can burn unprotected skin in a few minutes.
Deep penetrating UVA radiation accounts for over 90% of our skin’s ageing over our lifetime.
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.
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.