Sun Protection Essentials

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.

Find out more about UV rays on our Blog.

6 Steps to Sun Protection

  • 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 SPF50+ sunscreen.

    Make sure that the correct amount of sunscreen is applied.

  • 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) Watch the Clock

    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.

  • 6) 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 so. Areas with extremely high levels of UV are highlighted in red and pink. It takes only a few minutes to get sunburnt during summer. Therefore, adequate protection is essential, all year round.
  • Skin exposure to small amounts of UV radiation is essential for the production of vitamin D. UV light is more than a thousand times higher in areas along the equator than it is in the Polar Regions.