In light of the inspiring (and very important) #calltimeonmelanoma movement, we’ve collectively taken a look at our SPF habits- how often we’re applying, the coverage we’re relying on and the products we’re physically using. We implore you to examine your own attitude to sunscreen with a fine toothed comb. Knowledge is power and, in turn, is our greatest defense against UV. It’s not too late to educate yourself and change your SPF habits. There’s no time like the present to work UV protection into your daily routine, and we’re here to assist.
Why wear sunscreen?
Protection for UVA and UVB rays is our onlydefense against melanoma- the third most common cancer in Australia. Keeping the skin covered with clothing, hats and sunglasses is an effective way to stay protected, as is finding shade during intense hours of sunlight, however if the mercury is high, it’s natural to develop an aversion to long sleeved shirts and full length trousers. It’s also near impossible to avoid UV at all times- even time spent walking to the letterbox, hanging out the washing and sitting in the car will all add up.
A large part of the solution is to work an SPF50+ sunscreen into your everyday routine. Your sunscreen needs to protect you from both UVA andUVB rays, and it needs to be applied year ‘round.
Secondary to protection from melanoma is physical ageing. As glamorous as you think a tan may be, a tan is a scar and will only lead to premature ageing somewhere down the line. Even if your deep complexion “doesn’t burn,” you are not immune to the effects of UV damage.
Do I need to wear sunscreen in winter?
Sunscreen absolutely needs to be worn in the winter. While you may not require the same level of protection as you do in intense summer sunshine, UV rays have the ability to penetrate cloud cover and only one form of UV (UVB specifically) is lessened by clouds- the dangers of UVA remain just as high year ‘round.