Sun Protection Essentials

  • 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 SPF20 (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 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.

  • 4 – Sunglasses

    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

  • 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.


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