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Four tips for sun protection in kids

As most people who are diagnosed with skin cancer are adults they may not realise the susceptibility of children’s skin to harmful UV rays – it’s something which is commonly underestimated and can catch the most sun-smart person out. According to Cancer Council NSW, exposure to UV radiation during the first 15 years of life greatly increases the risk of developing skin cancer in adults.

With this in mind we’ve created some helpful tips to encourage sun smart protection practises with your babies, toddlers & children:

1. Keep infants out of the sun! Plan the day’s activities so that they are not exposed to direct sunlight, especially between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm (11:00 am and 3:00 pm daylight saving time). Sunscreen is not recommended for infants under the age of six-months-old, so the best solution is to make sure they are kept in the shade and out of direct sun exposure. If they are in the sun make sure they have their legs and arms covered and keep them cool with plenty of water. […]

By |March 10th, 2016|Sun Protection|0 Comments

Five sunscreen myths that jeopardise your sun safety

There is a lot of information around about which type of sunscreen or which sun protection method is best, but which sources should we trust? According to the Cancer Council and SunSmart, a water resistant sunscreen with at least a SPF 30+ rating should be used.  These organisations, along with the Australasian College of Dermatologists, say sunscreen should be applied 20 minutes before heading outdoors.

Sunscreen provides a protective barrier between your skin and the sun by adding a layer of chemical absorbers and physical blockers to your skin. Chemical absorbers absorb UV radiation before it comes in contact with the skin, and physical blockers cause the UV radiation to reflect off the skin.

What about some of the other myths or practises that you may have heard in the past? What’s right and what’s wrong and who should be believed? Here are some answers to common sunscreen myths for you to consider: […]

By |March 3rd, 2016|Facts & Myths, Skin Cancer Risk, Sun Protection|0 Comments
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