As the warmth of summer returns, it's time to rekindle the habit of protecting your skin. Blessed with abundant sunshine, Australia unfortunately holds the world's highest rate of skin cancer. Sun exposure can also lead to sunburn and premature aging. The good news is that with a few sun safety tips, you can enjoy the summer while safeguarding your skin.
Sunscreen: Begin with the basics. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF 50+ to all exposed skin. Don't forget your face, neck and ears. Reapply every two hours, particularly if you're swimming or sweating.
Cover Up: Whenever possible, opt for protective clothing. Long-sleeved shirts and wide-brimmed hats, not only to shield you from the sun but also keep you cooler.
Seek Shade: During peak sun hours (typically between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.), find shade whenever you can. It's a simple yet effective way to reduce your sun exposure.
Stay Hydrated: Dehydration can worsen the effects of the sun. Drink plenty of water and avoid excessive alcohol and caffeine, which can dehydrate you.
Check UV Index: Be mindful of the UV index for your location. Higher UV levels demand extra precautions.
Protect Your Eyes: Don't forget your eyes. UV rays can harm them as well including increasing risk of cataracts. Ensure your sunglasses provide 100% UVA and UVB protection.
At Summers Avenue Family Medical Practice, we aim to offer guidance and support for your sun safety journey, including skin checks and assistance with any skin health concerns you may have. A sun-smart summer is not complete without a skin check to ensure your skin's wellbeing. Call our friendly reception staff, or book online for a skin check today.