When the UV Index reaches 3 and above, the Cancer Council Australia recommends a combination of five steps to protect against sun damage:

1. Slip on some sun-protective clothing that covers as much skin as possible.

2. Slop on SPF30+ sunscreen – make sure it is broad spectrum and water resistant. Apply 20 minutes before you go outdoors, reapply every 2 hours.

3. Slap on a hat that protects your face, head, neck and ears.

4. Seek shade.

5. Slide on some sunglasses – make sure they meet Australian Standards.

By taking these steps you can:

• Minimise freckling, wrinkling and ageing of the skin

• Minimise the risk of eye damage

• Avoid sunburn and tanning

• Reduce your lifetime UV exposure. Reducing lifetime exposure to UV by 20% is estimated to result in about one third fewer cases of skin cancer in Australia

• Ultimately reduce your skin cancer risk.

For more information please visit SunSmart.

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