Throughout the summer months it is incredibly important to protect your skin from the sun’s harsh rays. These tips from the Cancer Council have got you covered, and they are probably something you’ve heard many times before – Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide.
Slip on protective clothing
Clothing can be one of the most effective ways to protect your skin, so be sure to cover up as much as possible. Whether it is your favourite t-shirt or an ugly Christmas rashie, choose clothes that will cover your skin and have been made using material with a close weave.
Slop on some sunscreen
Whether your going to the beach, park or staying at home by the pool it is important to apply sunscreen. Choose a water-resistant, broad spectrum sunscreen which is at least SPF 30, and layer it on thickly 20 minutes before going out into the sun. Always remember to reapply at least every two hours.
Slap on a hat
Another line of defence against the sun it to wear a hat. Opt for a broad-brimmed, bucket or legionnaire-style hat which protects your ears, sides of the face and back of the neck.
Whenever possible make sure you seek an area with some shade. If you are at the park you could find a nice tree of if you’re going the beach pack a beach umbrella to give you some coverage while you’re on the sand. However, remember that UV rays reflect off surfaces such as sand, water, and paving, so use other sun protection measures when in the shade too.
Slide on some sunnies
You should wear sunglasses when outdoors during daylight hours, not just when there’s obvious glare. To protect your eyes, it is also suggested that you gently apply some sunscreen to your eyelids and around your eyes.