SUN SAFETY: The importance of skin health while camping

Category: News, Safety, Date: 1 August 2022

Australia has some fantastic qualities- great weather, great coastlines and great people.

But the sad reality is, Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, with two in three Australians developing some form of skin cancer before age 70.

This is why it’s so important to spread awareness of the dangers of skin cancer, and how to protect yourself from the sun.

SLIP, SLOP, SLAP

This might be an obvious choice, but a shocking amount of Australian’s aren’t actively wearing sunscreen everyday.

Invest in a quality 50+ Sunscreen to give yourself the best protection possible.

There are now a variety of facial sunscreens too, if you’re worried about the sticky feeling or breakouts.

CHECK THE UV INDEX

When you first wake up in the morning, add checking the UV index to your routine.

It can give you an estimate to show when the sun is at it’s worst and what time it should ease.

WEAR A HAT

We all know wearing a hat is important- but why is that you ask?

For with a hair part or thinner hair- your scalp is just as likely to burn and develop skin cancer.

Take precautions and where a hat when you know you’ll be in the sun for an extended period of time.

SUNGLASSES

Your eye health is just as important as your skin health.

Not only do a good pair of sunnies protect your vision, but they keep your brows from getting burnt.

SPF LIP BALM

Your lips are just as prone to getting burnt as the rest of your skin, contrary to popular belief.

Ensure your lip balm has some spf to keep them protected!

CHECK REGULARLY FOR SKIN CANCER

Familiarise yourself with with the skin cancer facts and know what to look out for.

Do regular checks over your body and book with a dermatologist if any unusual moles or spots seem out of the ordinary.

To learn more skin checks, see the Cancer Councils guide.

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