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Sun Safety

The Queensland summer is known for its long, hot and sunny days. This means there is an increased exposure to the heat and potentially dangerous UV rays.

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.

When heading to the beach it is important that you follow a number of simple steps to be sun safe.

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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.

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