Sun Safety

Tips on how to stay sun safe

Queensland is the skin cancer capital of the world and that’s something we should not be proud of.

Ongoing over-exposure to the sun without proper protection can have immediate results such as soreness of your skin, becoming too hot and feeling sick. A common long-term result is skin cancer.

So when you’re thinking of going outdoors, whether it’s for 10 minutes or the whole day, make sure you’re sun safe and protected with these easy tips:

  • Slip on protective clothing like long-sleeved shirts when out and about or long-sleeved rashies when you’re at the beach.
  • Slop on SPF30 or higher sunscreen and make this a part of your morning routine. It takes as little as a teaspoon size portion each for your face, arms, legs, neck and other exposed parts of your body. UV levels are high even on winter and cloudy days so it’s better to stay protected from the harsh sun.
    Re-apply sunscreen at least every two hours especially after swimming or exercising. Sun screen rubs off over time and will rub off faster when exposed to water or moisture.Remember to check your sunscreen hasn’t expired as they have a use-by date.
  • Slap on a broad-brimmed hat when you’re out in the sun, whether it’s in the summer or winter.
  • Seek shade either under a beach umbrella, a tree or building when outdoors.
  • Slide on a pair of sunnies with an Eye Protection Factor of 20. Eyes get sunburnt too, so protect them from sun damage.

Ongoing over-exposure to the sun without proper protection can have immediate results such as soreness of your skin, becoming too hot and feeling sick. A common long term result is skin cancer. In fact, Australia has the highest per person rate of skin cancer (melanomas) in the world!

Here’s another tip…. Make sure you have a sun safety kit packed in your car with long sleeve shirts, hats, sunglasses and an umbrella so you know you’re sun protected wherever you go!

And don’t forget to always have a water bottle with you especially on hot summer days. Drink small amounts of water to stay hydrated because the more you sweat, the more fluids you lose. Headaches and fatigue are common symptoms of dehydration. .

 

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For more tips on sun safety, visit www.qld.gov.au/feelgoodfacts