Summer’s ended in Australia, but sun protection should be year-round! Did you know, UV rays can’t be seen or felt from the sun’s warmth? Skin damage can be happening when we least suspect it.
Do I Still Need Sun Protection on a Cloudy Day?
Yes! According to the Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology:
- Australia has one of the highest levels of UV exposure and highest rates of skin cancer in the world
- UV radiation is not related to how hot or cold it is, you can still get burnt on cool or cloudy days
- Use a combination of sun protection measures—never rely on just one
Remember the 5 S of Sun Protection!
For best protection, Cancer Council recommends a combination of sun protection measures:
Slip on some sun-protective clothing that covers as much skin as possible.
Slop on broad-spectrum, water resistant SPF30+ (or higher) sunscreen. Put it on 20 minutes before you go outdoors and every two hours afterwards. Sunscreen should never be used to extend the time you spend in the sun.
Slap on a hat – broad brim or legionnaire style to protect your face, head, neck and ears.
Slide on some sunglasses – make sure they meet Australian standards.
Can I Get Rebates for Sunglasses or Other Sun Protection Aids?
Yes again, depending on your health fund and cover! Some health funds offer rebates on sunglasses, sunscreen and hats. If you have AHM Extras cover, ask your representative if you’re eligible for rebates when you purchase Cancer Council sun protection essentials!
The money you saved on sun protection can be used for your next holiday outing!