Be Sun Smart

Skin cancer is the most common cancer. Current estimates are that one in five people will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.
The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation is the major cause of skin cancer. UV damage also causes sunburn, tanning, premature ageing, and eye damage. The good news is you can prevent damage – and skin cancer – by being Sun Smart.

Cover Up

Choose clothing that covers as much skin as possible, for example, shirts with long sleeves and wear a hat. Some clothing may carry an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF), which is a guarantee of how much UV protection a fabric provides.

Use Protection

SPF 30 (or higher) broad spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen

Apply a generous amount of sunscreen to clean, dry skin at least 20 minutes before you go outside. The average-sized adult will need a teaspoon of sunscreen for their head and neck, each limb and the front and back of the body. That’s about seven teaspoons (35mL) for a full body application. Reapply sunscreen every two hours or after swimming or excessive sweating. Remember, sunscreen is not a suit of armor and should be used with other sun protection measures.

Seek Shade

Use trees, built shade structures, or bring your own (such as a sunshade tent)! Shade reduces UV radiation, but it can still reach you via reflection, so make sure you use shade in combination with other sun protection measures. 

Wear Sunglasses

Sunglasses and a broad-brimmed hat worn together can reduce UV radiation exposure to the eyes by up to 98%. Sunglasses should be worn outside during daylight hours.

Drink Sunburn Drink

Sunburn Drink is an all-natural vitamin supplement powder that may be mixed with water, sport drinks, or your favorite juice. Drink Sunburn Drink before prolonged sun exposure or after your skin has been damaged by UV rays to quickly repair the damage. Remember to drink lots of water and rest after receiving a significant amount of UV exposure.

Keep an eye on your skin

Check your skin regularly for any new spots or changes in shape, color or size of existing spots. If you notice anything unusual, see your doctor as soon as possible. Most skin cancer can be successfully treated if it is found early.