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Be Sun Smart
In New Zealand there is high levels of ultraviolet (U.V) radiation, this radiation can cause damage to to your skin and eyes. The best way to protect yourself and your family is by being sunsmart.
Slip, Slop, Slap, Wrap
From September to April protect yourself when you are outside.
- Wear long sleeved clothing -wear fabrics with a tight weave and dark in colour, this will give more protection from the sun.
- Stay in the shade - use an umbrella or stay under a leafy tree. if you are planning outdoor activities do them in the early morning or evening when U.V levels are lower.
- Appy Sunscreen - and don't be shy with it. Buy sunscreen with at least SPF30 (we recommend SPF50+) make sure its water resistant (and added bonus if reef friendly). Always apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before going outside and reapply after being in water or sweating.
We recommend Bondi Sands spf-50 fragrance-free 150ml or Bondi Sands 150ml spf-50
- Wear a hat - it should have a wide brim or a cap with flaps.
Did you know more people are sunburnt on the face and neck than any other area of the body?
- Protect your eyes with sunglasses - these should be close fitting, wrap around style. Make sure you choose sunglasses with a U.V rating, check the label to find this out.
Why do we protect ourselves from U.V radiation?
Because excessive exposure causes most skin cancers. In New Zealand U.V levels are particularly high from September to April.
The sun sends out 3 different types of rays
- Sunlight - you can see and feel this
- Infrared - you feel this
- U.V Radiation - this is invisable and you do not feel it.
You can still be sunburnt on cool/cloudy days!
U.V radiation comes in 3 types;
- U.V.A - this goes deep into the skin and causes the longterm damage; wrinkles, blotchiness, ageing, and skin cancer.
- U.V.B - this affects the top layer of skin; sunburn, skin damage , skin cancer.
- U.V.C - the most dangerous; luckily none of this reaches earths surface due to the ozone and atmosphere. However there are other sources of U.V.C such as in Arc Welding which workers need to protect themselves from.