Sunburn can occur in as little as 15 minutes during the summer months in Australia & New Zealand. Some of the highest levels of UV radition in the world are experience in the antipodes this results in a dispropotionate amount of skin cancer in the area. approximately, two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70.
The best way to stop getting a sunburn is to stay out of the sun! But that’s not always practical, and when the sun’s UV rays are the strongest (between 10 am-2 pm) is when we are likely to be out and about with our friends and family, enjoying the summer. Here is a list of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from sunburn.
Sunscreen is a must in the hot Aussie summer! It should be stored below 30°C and be sure not to use sunscreen that is past its expiry date. If you are swimming or near water you might want to consider a waterproof or water resistant sunscreen.
Choose the right SPF
SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. It is a relative measure of how long a sunscreen will protect you from Ultraviolet Rays (UV Rays) – or the sun. For example if it normally takes 30 minutes for your skin to redden, a product with SPF30 will prevent sunburn for 30 times longer.
Sensitive Skin or Allergic to Sunscreen?
If you have sensitive skin or young children it is recommended to use a natural sunscreen with an SPF30 or higher and re-apply every few hours. Additionally it is recommended to wear loose, lightweight, long-sleeved clothing and a wide brimmed hat with sun glasses to provide extra protection. The more skin that your clothing covers – the better your protection will be!
Stay in the shade
This is one of the most effective forms of sun protection as it blocks most of the harmful UV rays and it’s easy! When you go outdoors find areas the sun doesn’t reach, like under a large mature tree or outdoor gazebo. If you are in a place that doesn’t have natural shading (for example the beach, a sports field or a pool area), using an outdoor umbrella, a tent or shade canopy to keep you from getting sunburnt.
Wearing the right clothes and covering as much of your body as possible will help block the sun. The more skin you cover the more protected from sun burn you will be. Some clothing fabric has built in sun protection, the label will indicate the UV protection rating.
Avoid the sun during peak hours
In Australia peak hours for UV radiation are between 10am and 2pm. Approximately 60% of the days total radiation is received during these hours.
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