Too much of the sun’s ultraviolet radiation (UV) can cause skin and eye damage, sunburn and skin cancer. It’s important to use all five SunSmart steps whenever UV levels reach 3 or higher.
- Slip on covering clothing that covers as much skin as possible.
- Slop on SPF30 (or higher) broad, spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen to any parts of skin not covered by clothing. Apply sunscreen 20 minutes before going outside and reapply every two hours. The widespread use of sunscreens on babies under 6 months is not recommended. Visit the SunSmart website for more information.
- Slap on a broad-brimmed hat that shades the face, neck and ears. Caps do not provide enough protection and are not recommended.
- Seek shade. Remember some UV rays can still reach you in the shade, so continue to use all forms of sun protection.
- Slide on wrap-around sunglasses. Make sure they are labelled AS1067 so you know they have very good UV protection. Toy sunglasses do not protect the eyes and are not recommended. Some retailers sell baby sunglasses with a soft band that holds them in place on baby’s head; always supervise your baby to ensure they don’t pose a strangulation hazard.
Sun protection is for everyone. Make sure parents and carers are following the SunSmart steps so they can be a great role model and keep themselves safe at the same time.