Sunsmart

 

 
How can I be sunsmart?


Being SunSmart is about protecting skin and eyes from damaging UV radiation. From September to April when outdoors:

Slip into a long-sleeved shirt and into the shade. Generally, fabrics with a tighter weave and darker colours will give you greater protection from the sun. Some clothing is sold with a UV radiation Protection Factor (UPF) rating. Clothing with a UPF of 50+ offers superior protection and could be an ideal choice for outdoor workers.

Slop on plenty of broad-spectrum (filters both UVA and UVB rays) sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 30. Apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before going outdoors and reapply every two hours. Reapply more frequently if sweating or swimming.

Slap on a hat with a wide-brim or a cap with flaps. This will help reduce the risk of sunburn to your face, ears and neck. These are the most common places where we get sunburnt.

Wrap on a pair of close-fitting sunglasses. When buying sunglasses, look for the words ‘good UV protection’ on the label or swing tag.

Remember to always protect skin and eyes when you’re in the mountains, or around reflective surfaces like snow and water, when UV levels are damaging.

Information taken from the Sunsmart Website http://sunsmart.org.nz/

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