How To Protect Your Skin Against The Aussie Sun | Lets Go Caravan and Camping

How To Protect Your Skin Against The Aussie Sun

Category: News, Safety, Date: 14 August 2023

As outdoor enthusiasts, we all love soaking up the natural beauty of the Australian landscape while caravaning and camping.

However, it’s crucial to remember that the Australian sun can be harsh and potentially harmful to our skin.

The good news is that with a few simple precautions and the guidance of organisations like the Cancer Council, you can enjoy your outdoor adventures while keeping your skin safe and healthy.

Skin Protection Essentials

Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek, Slide

The iconic “Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek, Slide” campaign by the Cancer Council is a reminder of the five essential steps to safeguard your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays.

  • Slip on Protective Clothing: Cover up with loose-fitting, tightly woven clothing that shields your skin from direct sunlight. Opt for long sleeves, pants, and a wide-brimmed hat to provide maximum coverage.
  • Slop on Sunscreen: Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 to all exposed skin areas. Reapply every two hours or more often if you’re sweating or swimming.
  • Slap on a Hat: A broad-brimmed hat that shades your face, neck, and ears is an excellent way to prevent sunburn and reduce your risk of skin damage.
  • Seek Shade: Whenever possible, stay in the shade, especially during the peak sun hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Slide on Sunglasses: Protect your eyes from harmful UV rays by wearing sunglasses that block out both UVA and UVB radiation.

Choosing the Right Sunscreen

Selecting the right sunscreen is paramount to effective sun protection.

Look for a sunscreen that offers broad-spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays.

Water-resistant options are essential for camping, as you’re likely to sweat and engage in water activities. Remember to apply sunscreen generously and evenly to all exposed areas of skin, even on cloudy days, as UV rays can penetrate clouds.

Protective Clothing and Gear

Investing in sun-protective clothing and gear can significantly enhance your skin’s defense against the sun.

Lightweight, moisture-wicking fabrics with UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) ratings provide an added layer of protection.

Don’t forget to cover your hands with gloves and protect your neck with a bandana or scarf.

Hydration and Shade

Staying well-hydrated is crucial for overall health and maintaining healthy skin.

Drink plenty of water throughout the day, and take advantage of shaded areas to rest and recharge during your outdoor activities.

Post-Sun Care

After a day of outdoor adventure, proper skincare continues.

Take a cool shower to soothe your skin and remove any sunscreen or sweat.

Apply a moisturiser to keep your skin hydrated, and consider using an after-sun lotion to help soothe any redness or irritation.

When you embark on your next caravan and camping adventure in Australia, make sun protection a top priority.

By following the guidelines set forth by the Cancer Council and adopting a sun-smart approach, you can enjoy the beauty of the outdoors while keeping your skin safe from the harsh Australian sun.

Your skin will thank you for the extra care and attention, allowing you to continue making unforgettable memories under the sun!


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