Sun safety and slip, slop, slap


As the Australian summer bathes the land in golden sunshine, outdoor enthusiasts eagerly embrace the warm weather. However, the sun’s rays come with harmful UV radiation and that’s where the iconic Aussie mantra, “Slip, Slop, Slap,” comes into play, serving as a crucial reminder to practice sun safety.

Here is your essential guide for enjoying the sun responsibly while safeguarding our health.

  1. Slip on protective clothing:
    Choosing the right clothing can significantly reduce your sun exposure. Opt for lightweight, long-sleeved shirts, and long pants or skirts made from tightly woven fabric. There are lots of UV rated clothes available now and we recommend securing some 50+ options for outdoor activities. A wide-brimmed hat that shades your face, neck, and ears is a must. For water activities, consider rash vests to protect your upper body from the sun’s intense rays.
  2. Slop on sunscreen:
    Sunscreen is your shield against harmful UV rays. Select a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher and apply it generously to all exposed skin, even on cloudy days. Don’t forget easily overlooked areas like the back of your neck, ears, and the tops of your feet. Reapply every two hours, or more frequently if swimming or sweating. A lip balm with SPF protection adds an extra layer of defence for your lips.
  3. Slap on a hat:
    Wearing a hat is a simple yet effective way to protect your face, scalp, and neck from the sun. Choose a hat with a wide brim that shades your face and neck fully. If you’re engaged in sports, consider a cap with a neck flap for added protection. Encourage children to wear hats too, as sun protection habits instilled early in life last a lifetime.
  4. Seek shade and slide on sunglasses:
    During peak sun hours, typically between 10am and 4pm, seek shade whenever possible. Trees, umbrellas, or purpose-built shade structures are great options. Additionally, wear sunglasses that meet the Australian Standard AS/NZS 1067 to shield your eyes from UV radiation. Sunglasses with wraparound frames provide extra coverage, reducing the risk of eye damage.
  5. Stay hydrated and be sun smart:
    Staying hydrated is crucial. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to prevent dehydration, which can exacerbate the sun’s effects on your body. Plan outdoor activities in the early morning or late afternoon when the sun’s intensity is reduced. Remember that water, snow, and sand can all reflect UV rays, increasing your exposure, even in shaded areas.

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