How do I protect my skin?
Overexposure to ultra violet (UV) light causes 95% of melanoma – pretty clear proof that prevention is the key to avoiding it. The best way to prevent melanoma is to protect your skin from the sun.
Seek shade, especially in the hottest part of the day.
Wear sun-protective clothing that covers your back, shoulders, arms and legs.
Wear a broad-brimmed hat.
Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 50+ every 2 hours and after swimming or exercise.
Wear wrap-around sunglasses.
What is the best type of sunscreen?
In Australia we have very strict guidelines when it comes to sunscreen. The following points will help you ensure that you get the best possible protection:
- Use the sunscreen with the highest possible SPF. This is currently SPF50+ in Australia.
- Ensure your sunscreen is broad-spectrum. That means it protects you against both UVA and UVB rays.
- Typically we only use 25% -50% of the amount of sunscreen that we actually need to be protected, often missing areas. When too little sunscreen is applied, it reduces the sun protection factor significantly e.g. an SPF30+ may only be working as an SPF10.
- Ensure that all exposed skin is thoroughly covered with sunscreen.
- If you are in the water ensure you use a water resident variety of sunscreen and re-apply regularly, at least every two-hours.