Slip, Slop, Slap and Wrap
Four ways to be safe in the sun
Here are four ways to be SunSmart:
Slip into a shirt and clothing that offers good protection from the sun eg, long-sleeve shirt with a collar, and lightweight trousers or long shorts. Some fabrics have an Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) rating that shows how effective the fabric is at blocking out UV radiation. But clothing does not need to be specialised to be SunSmart. Generally, fabrics with a tighter weave and darker colours offer greater protection from the sun. For more information refer to Cancer Society information sheet.
Also, slip into some shade, especially between 10am and 4pm when the UV levels are highest.
- Slop on plenty of broad-spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen before going outdoors. Apply a thick layer over your skin at least 15 minutes before going outdoors.
- Reapply sunscreen every two hours and after physical activity, swimming or towel drying.
- Don’t just rely on sunscreen as your only form of sun protection – clothing such as long-sleeved shirts and hats provide better protection.
- Sunscreen should not be used as a way to stay out in the sun longer. Instead, use it as a way to reduce the risk of damage to the skin when exposure to the summer sun is unavoidable.
- Keep an eye on the expiry date of your sunscreen – throw it away if it’s past the expiry date.
- Keep sunscreen in handy places where people are most likely to be reminded or need to use sunscreen eg, by the door at home or work, or in your swim bag, sports bag or handbag.
Slap on a hat with a wide brim or a cap with flaps. More people get sunburnt on the face and neck than any other part of the body, so a good hat is important.
Wrap on a pair of sunglasses. Choose close fitting, wrap-around glasses that cover your eye area and protect the sensitive skin around them.