Sunscreen tips for a skin smart summer!
25 January 2017
Connie-Lee Swadling, a mother from Queensland, recently posted on Facebook about some advice her doctor gave her regarding sunscreen. The post has since received over 30 thousand likes and has been shared over 40 thousand times. We know that people are talking about it, so we thought it was important that we share some sunscreen tips with the help of Professor Pascale Guitera, Dermatologist Associate for Melanoma Institute Australia.
This is the post circulating Facebook. Source: Facebook
Slather it on
We always recommend buying the highest possible SPF sunscreen (currently SPF50+ in Australia) with broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection, however slapping it on before you head out for the day simply is not enough. You’re most likely not applying the amount actually recommended for adequate protection. As a guide, you need a shot glass full of sunscreen to cover your whole body and face. Most people put less than half the recommended amount of sunscreen on which means they aren’t getting sufficient protection. So if you're wearing only half the recommended amount of SPF 50, you're only getting the protection of SPF 25.
Layer it up
How can you make sure you’re receiving the best possible protection from the sun? Aside from seeking shade and wearing hats, long sleeves and UV-blocking sunglasses, you should be re-applying sunscreen every two hours. This is essential if you’re outside all day long, especially in summer. In addition, if you’ve been swimming or sweating heavily, you should also reapply.
Mix and match
Just like you may use a different face moisturiser for day and night, you can use different types of sunscreens for different purposes. Sunscreen spray may be fine for an early morning jog that you fit in before work but won’t do the job if you’re down at the beach during the day or standing around watching Saturday sports.
These are times when physical sunscreens - that use natural, mineral filters (Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide) to reflect UV rays - should be applied. Physical blockers are preferred for young children’s sensitive skin, and for people who may want to avoid certain ingredients in chemical sunscreens. Generally, the higher the concentration of a physical blocking, the more effective a sunscreen is.
If you do use a sunscreen spray for cooler parts of the day, apply an even, generous coating and don’t forget to layer applications as spray sunscreen isn’t as effective as physical blockers at reflecting light. When applying sunscreen spray, be sure to stay out of the wind!
Make the application of sunscreen part of your daily routine. Your skin is your biggest organ so it is so important that you make every effort possible to protect it.
Throughout January our community created, hosted and participated in some amazing events, each of them helping us on our quest to reach zero deaths from melanoma.
Australian television presenter, interior designer and mother Kyly Clarke has been announced as the new Ambassador for Melanoma Institute Australia (MIA) and its national awareness and fundraising campaign Melanoma March.
Melanoma Institute Australia has recently partnered with three other organisations to boost support for melanoma patients and their carers across Australia.
Melanoma patients and their families across Western Australia will benefit from strengthened and expanded services with the merging of melanomaWA and Melanoma Institute Australia.
Australian researchers have played a critical role in the discovery of a potential new test to predict which early stage melanoma patients are at high risk of their disease recurring and progressing.
We are extremely grateful for our community fundraisers, who, even in this difficult time, have given up their time and effort to fundraise so we can continue to work towards our goal of zero deaths from melanoma.
Melanoma patients are set to benefit from subsidised access to immunotherapy treatment for high risk early-stage and advanced-stage melanoma patients.
An informative article on how immunotherapy is revolutionising cancer treatment, written by Jill Margo and featured in the Australian Financial Review.
Melanoma patients and their families in the Riverina will benefit from strengthened and sustained melanoma services with the merger of the Amie St Clair Melanoma Trust and Melanoma Institute Australia.
Belmont High School at Lake Macquarie has been announced winner of the 2019 SunSafe Student Ambassador Program video competition.
It’s time again to say thank you to our amazing community fundraisers!
Videos of the sessions at the recent Patient Information Evening co-hosted by Melanoma Institute Australia (MIA) and Melanoma Patients Australia (MPA) are now available for viewing.
MIA is well-represented in the poster sessions at the Society for Melanoma Research 2019 Congress in the USA, with four poster presentations being given by members of our translational research lab.
Professor Georgina Long has today opened the Society for Melanoma Research 2019 Congress in Salt Lake City, Utah.
MIA’s Co-Medical Directors, Professor Georgina Long and Professor Richard Scolyer, have both been named Highly Cited Researchers, according to the Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers 2019 list.
Melanoma Patients Australia (MPA) and Melanoma Institute Australia (MIA) have announced a new multi-year agreement to provide enhanced support services for melanoma patients nationally.
It is time again to say thank you to our incredible community fundraisers who are helping us get closer to our goal of zero deaths from melanoma.
MIA has presented promising data regarding progression-free survival rates for advanced melanoma patients at the ESMO 2019 Congress in Barcelona.
Another month has flown by and yet again we have a host of amazing community fundraisers who generously gave up their time to help us reach our goal of zero deaths from melanoma.