Your No-Nonsense Guide To Sun Safety This Summer

We’re going back to basics.

Growing up under the harsh Aussie sun, the message of ‘slip, slop, slap’ has become synonymous with heading outdoors.

Applying sunscreen to our body and face all year round has become second nature, but as the weather warms up, it’s worth refreshing to ensure your sun safety knowledge is up to scratch to protect your skin as best as possible.

Time it right

Harmful rays from the harsh Aussie sun are the strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. – so it’s best to avoid direct sun exposure during these times.

Plan activities where you know you’ll be under the sun – like an outdoor run or dog walk – for the early morning or late afternoon.

And while summer weekends often mean lying on the beach all day or picnics in the park, be sure to seek shade with a beach umbrella or set up your blanket under a tree.

picnic in shade summer sun safety tips

Remember, an overcast summer day can have similar consequences for our skin as a scorcher, which means you can still get sun damage on days that are windy, cloudy, or cool.  So, apply sunscreen daily as part of your regular skincare routine, no matter what the weather app says.

Be smart with your sunscreen

Choose a sunscreen that offers the best possible protection – like Hamilton Sunscreen. Their SPF50+ very high protection sunscreen offers broad-spectrum protection from both UVA and UVB rays.

Ensure you apply your sunscreen properly to get all the benefits. Apply generously (about one teaspoon for each arm, leg, body front and back and face) 20 minutes before sun exposure, and be sure to reapply every two hours, or more often if you’re sweating or swimming.

Because we wear it every day, use a sunscreen that suits your skin type and needs so it’s comfortable all day long. The Hamilton Sunscreen range has something for every skin type – like Hamilton Sensitive, which provides the same level of SPF 50+ protection for skin that’s more delicate, with a low allergy, fragrance-free formula that can be used on the body and face.

Hamilton Sunscreen SPF50+ range
Hamilton has been caring for and protecting skin in Australian conditions since 1932, with products specifically designed to cope with the harsh Aussie sun.

Give your sunscreen some back-up

While sunscreen will keep you safe from sunburn and reduce the risk of some skin cancers and signs of premature ageing, it works best when paired with other skin protection methods.

Make sunglasses your go-to accessory this summer to help block UVA and UVB rays.

Cover up with protective clothing, too, like a long-sleeved shirt in a light, breathable fabric like organic cotton or linen. Add a wide-brimmed hat to not only cover your face, but protect other areas you might miss with sunscreen, like your ears and scalp.

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Always read the label. Follow the directions for use. Reapply frequently. Avoid prolonged sun exposure and wear protective clothing, hats and eyewear when exposed to the sun.

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