We all need to be smart whenever we’re outside, especially during daylight saving months (when UV levels are most likely to be 3 or higher).
Sunburn is painful and damages skin. It also increases our risk of developing skin cancer. So, before you head out to enjoy your day, take a little time to be SunSmart.
Slip, slip, slop, slap, wrap
To protect against sunburn and reduce the chances of developing skin damage and skin cancer, remember the five SunSmart steps:
Slip on a long-sleeved shirt with a collar
Slip into shade - see resources to help you improve shade.
Slop on a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen of at least SPF30.
- Aim to use at least seven teaspoons if you're doing the whole body.
- Do it 20 minutes before going out so it can bind to your skin and form a protective layer.
- Reapply every two hours and after sweating and swimming.
- No sunscreen can filter out all UV radiation so use it in combination with other SunSmart steps.
Slap on a wide-brimmed hat or a cap with flaps - a cap without flaps doesn’t protect your ears, neck, cheeks or chin.
Wrap on a pair of wrap-around sunglasses.
For more about the five SunSmart steps, see the SunSmart website.
Find more in-depth information about sunscreen on the Cancer Society's website, including a short and shareable animated video showing how to apply sunscreen correctly.
Running a work event outside? Make sure it's SunSmart.