With some hot sunny days beaming over the horizon and Melburnians now taking full advantage of restrictions lifting, it is important to know how to keep ourselves protected from the sun. We all know the adage “Slip, slop, slap”, but did you know in 2007, the Cancer Council upgraded it to include two new recommendations? Let’s see how we can keep ourselves safe in the summertime.
Slip – on protective clothing
A tshirt with a high neckline, long sleeves and thick fabric is the best protection from the summer sun. A rash vest is a great way to stay protected if you’re going in the water as well.
Slop – on plenty of SPF 50+ sunscreen
Remember, even on a cloudy day, the sun can still reach you by refracting through the clouds. Daily application of a facial moisturiser with SPF 30 or higher is a great practice to get into. Don’t forget to reapply after swimming or strenuous exercise.
Slap – on a wide-brimmed hat
Whether you prefer a nice straw sunhat or a sensible legionnaire’s hat, you should always have your hat ready to slap on your head before leaving the house.
Seek – shade
When out and about, seek the shadier option to walk along. Check which direction the sun is coming from, and choose the side of the road that the trees are best protecting you. However, if you’re having a picnic or barbeque in the park, be aware that dappled shade does not fully protect you, and you should take precautions to thoroughly keep yourself sun-safe.
Slide – on sunglasses
UV sunglasses are essential for anyone who spends time outdoors. Be sure to check that the sunglasses you purchase have UV protection to get the complete benefits.
If you want to be extra vigilant, the Bureau of Meteorology website includes in its forecast hours when sun protection is recommended, as well as the predicted UV index rate for the day. Sun protection is recommended when it is UV 3 or more. It’s always worthwhile to check out the BOM when planning a day out – you never know what to expect in our changeable state of Victoria. You might need sunglasses in the morning and an umbrella by midday!
So keeping these tips in mind, we can enjoy our glorious summer weather with confidence that we are all doing the best to protect our skin. Enjoy a sun-safe summer!