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.