Learn how to be smart in the sun and safeguard your skin against damaging UV radiation.
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.
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.
Apply a quality broad spectrum, water-resistant SPF50+ sunscreen.
Make sure that the correct amount of sunscreen is applied.
Put on a board 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.
Don’t forget to also protect your eyes against longterm damage from UV light.
Protect your eyes by putting on a pair of sunglasses which meet Australian Standards.
You should keep an eye on the time to re-apply sunscreen.
Avoid sunbathing for more than 30 minutes in order to re-apply every 2 hours or after swimming.
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.