Now that summer has
officially arrived in Australia, it is more important than ever to follow sun
safety tips, such as drinking enough water, staying in the shade when possible
and applying plenty of sunscreen.
Everyone knows that
using sunscreen is important – but do you know the reasons behind it? In this
post, we will discuss why sunscreen is vital to protecting your health right
now and in the future. Read on to learn about the risks associated with too
much sun exposure and how sunscreen can help you protect you and your family.
It helps to prevent skin cancer
If you’ve ever had a
sunburn before, you understand the unpleasant effects that too much sun
exposure can have in just a few hours. It can also cause more severe health
conditions like sunstroke and heat exhaustion.
In the long term, too
much unprotected sun exposure can lead to skin cancer, which is a serious
public health concern in Australia. In fact, about two-thirds of all Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are
So how does sunscreen
help combat skin cancer? Sunscreen absorbs the sun’s rays to help protect your
skin while you are outside so that you don’t burn and damage your skin – which
can lead to skin cancer over time.
If skin cancer
historically runs in your family, you’ll need to be particularly mindful of
this. Your skin type (measured from a scale of ‘very fair’ to ‘very dark’) also
plays a role in your risk of getting skin cancer.
You can avoid premature ageing
Not only can too much
unprotected sun exposure lead to grave conditions like skin cancer, but it can
also have unpleasant effects on your looks as well, leading to wrinkles,
discolouration and sunspots.
There are many sunscreen
products designed to protect the sensitive skin on your face, so seek those out
when possible if you are concerned about a potential reaction.
With these facts in
mind, make sure you’re taking the time to apply sunscreen every day – not just
in the summer. The Cancer Council recommends using broad-spectrum,
water-resistant sunscreen (at least SPF30) about 20 minutes before you go
outside and reapplying every two hours.
But using sunscreen is
just one part of being sun safe. In addition to sunscreen application, you
should also wear protective clothing that covers as much skin as possible,
along with a hat and sunglasses. Drink plenty of water and seek out shade
whenever you can if you’re planning on spending time outdoors.
If you’re a parent,
don’t forget to make sure your little ones are adequately equipped to be in the
sun this summer. Be sure to send them to school or their summer activities with
plenty of sunscreen, water and protective clothing.
Taylor Freitas is a freelance writer and content marketer/editor. She has written for publications across the world and works with global brands to drive awareness, generate leads, and convert prospects into loyal, returning customers.