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Protect skin for life!

With the summer season on its way our thoughts turn to summer fun and outdoor adventures.

The Cancer Society of New Zealand encourages people to be SunSmart when Ultra Violet Radiation (UVR) levels reach 3 and above but especially from September to April between 10 am and 4pm. This means: slip into sun protective clothing and slip into shade; slop on a broad spectrum sunscreen with sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30; slap on a wide brimmed hat and wrap on some sunnies.

Combining these SunSmart actions rather than just relying on sunscreen will give you and your family better protection from harmful UVR.

Five tips to maximize your sun protection.

  1. (Sun) screen time: This is one screen time kids can have more of! Slop on plenty of water resistant, broad spectrum sunscreen with a sun protective factor (SPF) of at least 30. Apply sunscreen 20 mins before going outdoors and re-apply every 2 hrs. (and after swimming or sweating).
  2. It’s a cover up: Covering up and seeking shade when UV levels reach 3 and above can help avoid painful sunburn. Elbow length or long sleeves, shirts with collars and longer length skirts or shorts are best.
  3. Brimming with protection: Wearing a wide brimmed hat (not cap) can provide protection for your face, neck, ears and scalp. Darker fabrics and fabrics with a closer weave offer better protection.
  4. Stay alert: The Sun Protection Alert is a useful tool that tells you the time each day that you need to protect your skin and eyes based on expected UV levels for the day. Click on your city or town to see your Sun Protection Alert time for the day. Visit sunsmart.org.nz/sun-protection-alert.
  5. It’s a wrap: The skin around the eyelid is exceedingly thin and may be injured by UV light. UV protective sunglasses help to reduce UV exposure to your eyes. Choose close fitting,
    wrap-around styles.


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