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Being SunSmart wherever you are

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.

There are many myths around being SunSmart - learn the real story and find resources to bust those sun safety myths and check for melanoma, especially if you have outdoor workers.

Running a work event outside? Make sure it's SunSmart

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