As we come into the warmer months, it's even more important to remember our daily dose of sunscreen. While there is no link between warmer temperatures and UV rays (the radiation responsible for sunburn and skin cancer), spring is certainly the time when UV levels begin to rise, putting us at higher risk of permanent skin damage.
So, while sunscreen should be worn every day of the year, we need to ensure it's firmly cemented it into our daily routines by mid-spring.
However, statistics show that we don't wear enough sunscreen and are far too complacent with getting sunburnt. In fact, the Cancer Council reports that 2.7 million Australians get sunburnt on weekends.
With sun exposure being the leading cause of skin cancer, this is a dangerous statistic. Whenever the UV Index rises to 3 or above, we need to follow our five recommended sun protection behaviours - even on cool or cloudy days.
- Slip on clothing that covers as much skin as possible, such as a long-sleeved collared shirt.
- Slop on water-resistant SPF30+ sunscreen.
- Slap on a broad-brimmed hat that shades your ears, face and neck.
- Slide on protective sunglasses, especially near reflective surfaces like concrete, snow or water.
- Seek shade whenever you go outside.
The free SunSmart app can be downloaded on tablets and smartphones to help keep you up to date with real-time UV levels during spring.
Did you know? Getting five bad sunburns can increase your risk of melanoma by up to 80 per cent. If you're at risk, book a full-body skin cancer check now.