In Australia particularly, we need to balance the risk of skin cancer from too much sun exposure with maintaining adequate vitamin D levels. Sensible sun protection does not put people at risk of vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D forms in the skin when it is exposed to UV from sunlight. It can also be obtained from some foods. We need vitamin D to maintain good health and to keep bones and muscles strong and healthy.
While small amounts of exposure to sunlight is required, overexposure can be very dangerous. Overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun can result in not only painful sunburn but is the major cause of skin cancer.
Skin cancer occurs when skin cells are damaged and there are three main types of skin cancer:
1) Basal cell carcinoma
2) Squamous cell carcinoma
3) Melanoma - the most dangerous form of skin cancer.
Did you know that the first step to protect yourself from skin cancer is to check your skin? Simply stand in front of the mirror, undress completely and check your whole body.
If you notice any changes to your skin, don't hesitate to book in to see your GP and then onto to a dermatologist. Even if you don't notice any changes, you should book in for regular skin checks once a year, just to be safe.
Remember that you must use sunscreen every day, even if it's cloudy and wear clothes that offer UPF 50+ protection, such as our sun safe swimwear that is made with a UPF50+ Sustainable Italian Carvico fabric that blocks 98% of harmful and ageing UV rays.