- Don’t wait for your beach trip to be SunSmart
Most Victorians get sunburnt around the home, not at the beach. No matter where you are this summer, UV levels will be high enough to damage unprotected skin. Check your local sun protection times on the free SunSmart app so you can make sure you’re protected when you need to be.
- Check your sunscreen is in date
Before you slop on the sunscreen that you just dug out of the back of the cupboard, make sure you check it’s still within its expiry date. If you’re topping up your supply, look for a sunscreen that is SPF30 (or higher), broad-spectrum and water-resistant. Remember you need to slop it on 15 minutes before going outdoors and top it up every two hours. Be generous, using at least 35ml for the average adult application. That’s about seven teaspoons – one for each limb, front and back of your torso and your face.
- Use sunscreen in combination with other sun protection
Sunscreen is not a suit of armour. Make sure you also slip on covering clothing, slap on a broad-brimmed hat, slide on sunglasses and seek shade when you’re out and about.
- Forget the ‘golden glow’
Tanning is skin cells in trauma – not a sign of health. If you must have a tan, opt for a fake tanning product, but remember you still need to use sun protection.
- Watch your spots
Check your own skin regularly, including any skin usually covered from the sun. If you notice any new spots or existing spots that have changed in shape, colour or size, see your doctor.
For more tips and information see sunsmart.com.au