Melanoma Trust

In Memory of Sharon Rice O’Beirne


Protect Your Skin

You may think you’ve heard it all before but consider how well you protect your skin when you go to the local shop, drive to work, walk the dog or when you’re at the beach … are you really protecting your skin?

Ultraviolet radiation (UVR) from the sun can’t be seen or felt. The best way to protect your skin is to seek shade when UVR is at its peak and if you’re heading outdoors to wear protective clothing, a broad brimmed hat and sunglasses. As a general rule, your skin requires protection whenever the UV Index level is three (moderate) or above. Levels are often extreme in summer.

SPF30+ broad spectrum water resistant sunscreen needs to be applied to any skin which is not protected from the sun with clothing. If used correctly, sunscreen can prevent sunburn. However, sunscreen is not meant to be used to extend the amount of time you spend in the sun, and should definitely not be used to help you get a tan.

Here are five easy steps you can take to protect your skin from the sun:

1. Shade
The strength of UV radiation is highest in the four-hour period around noon: 10am to 2pm or, during daylight savings: 11am to 3pm. The best thing you can do for your skin is to avoid the sun during this period and seek shade. Plan your day.

2. Protective clothing
Wear clothing that covers as much skin as possible, especially your shoulders, arms and legs. The best forms of protective clothing are loose fitting, closely woven fabrics that cast a dense shadow when held up to the light.

3. Broad-brimmed hat
A hat with a brim of at least 7cm is a great way to protect not only the top of your head but also your neck, ears and face. These are parts of the body where skin cancer often occurs.

4. Sunglasses
The most effective way to protect your eyes is to wear sunglasses that wrap around the sides of the face. This way UVR doesn’t reach your eyes.

5. Sunscreen
Used properly, sunscreens are effective in preventing sunburn. This means generously applying SPF30+ broad spectrum sunscreen to your skin, 20 minutes before you head outdoors. Remember to re-apply every two hours.

Source : Cancer Institute NSW

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On 27 January, 2009
At 2:18 pm
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