Protect your skin
For best protection, we recommend a combination of sun protection measures:
- Slip on some sun-protective clothing that covers as much skin as possible.
- Slop on broad spectrum, water resistant SPF30+ (or higher) sunscreen. Put it on 20 minutes before you go outdoors and every two hours afterwards. Sunscreen should never be used to extend the time you spend in the sun.
- Slap on a hat – broad brim or legionnaire style to protect your face, head, neck and ears.
- Seek shade.
- Slide on some sunglasses – make sure they meet Australian Standards.
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SunSmart UV Index
Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is the invisible killer that you can’t see or feel. UV radiation can be high even on cool and overcast days. This means you can’t rely on clear skies or high temperatures to determine when you need to protect yourself from the sun.
The SunSmart UV Index is reported daily by the Bureau of Meteorology. The alert identifies times during the day when the UV level is 3 or above and sun protection is needed.
Apply sunscreen liberally – at least a teaspoon for each limb, a teaspoon for the front and a teaspoon of the back of the body, and a teaspoon for the face, neck and ears. A full application for an average sized adult should be 35ml, or seven teaspoons.
Most people don’t apply enough sunscreen resulting in only 50-80% of the protection stated on the product.
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