It wouldn’t be Australia if we didn’t spend the spring and summer months enjoying the great outdoors, hitting the beach, surfing, camping, fishing and enjoying a great aussie‘ barbie’ but with this comes the risk of sunburn.
Sunburn can soon ruin the fun in the sun and leave you sore, itchy and dehydrated, not to mention that the UV radiation from the sun can increase the risk of Melanoma
, a form of skin cancer.
Did you know that spending just 15 minutes in the Australian sun can cause sunburn...so how do we prevent it?
- Stay out of the midday sun. The sun is at its strongest between 10am and 4pm. We understand that staying indoors is not always possible so try to find shade whilst you are outdoors. You can calculate how much UV exposure you are getting using ‘The shadow rule’ A shadow that is taller than you means that UV exposure is low whilst a shadow that is shorter that you means that the UV exposure is high.
- Wear sun-protective clothing & accessories, ensure you prevent the sun from burning your skin by wearing light clothing that covers the majority of your body. UV protective clothing can also be purchased and will block 98% of harmful UV rays for added protection. Don’t forget to wear a wide-brimmed hat, to protect your face, neck and shoulders as well as slip on quality sunglasses to protect your eyes.
- Apply SPF 30 or higher broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen 20 minutes prior to sun exposure to allow enough time for the skin to absorb it, then reapply every 2 hours.
If you or someone in your family has been out in the sun and is feeling unwell don’t wait until the next day to see a GP. Call Doctor To You on 1300 30 38 34 or book online for a bulk-billed home doctor visit.
- Limit your exposure and work your way up. If you’re fair skin you’ll know that burning is easy so limit your initial sun exposure to just a few minutes and slowly work your way. The more tan your skin becomes the longer you’ll be able to spend in the sun.