We need a small amount of sunlight for our health and well-being. Some biological processes require sunlight, such as the activation of vitamin D which maintains good health and keeps bones and muscles strong. However, the sun emits different types of radiation, including ultraviolet and infrared rays, which are responsible for both beneficial and harmful effects on the skin.
Here a just a few simple ways to protect your skin from the sun:
CLOTHES - Protective clothing that covers as much skin as possible, especially those areas that are in direct sunlight eg shoulders, chest, back and neck area.
SUNSCREEN - Water resistant SPF50 + with broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection is best. Apply 20 minutes before you go outdoors and every two hours afterwards.
SAFE ACCESSORIES - A broad-brimmed hat and polarized sunglasses can protect your face, head, neck and ears.
SEEK SHADE - Ensure you limit your direct exposure to the sun, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when UV rays are strongest. Be sure to pack a sun umbrella shelter to the beach or seek out shady trees when outdoors.
Being SunSmart is a simple and effective way to reduce your risk of developing skin cancer. For more information about being SUN SAFE, visit the website