So, its only 32 days until Christmas, which means Summer is upon us! With summer comes more outdoorsy activities, and with that comes more exposure to the Sun and it’s harmful effects. Don’t get me wrong, everyone needs some time in the sun to keep their Vitamin D levels up, but you just need to be smart about it, get it, SunSmart, hehehe (apologies for the Dad joke!)
This week its National Skin Care Action week, an annual event reminding Australians of just how important it is to stay protected from the sun!
Skin cancer kills more than 5 people per day. (Source: Cancer Council Australia)
With that statistic in mind, can you remember your #SunSmart5 this summer?? C’mon who remembers the advertisements – first, like when I was at school (ok, it was a little while ago now!) it was just Slip, Slop Slap and since we have wised up, we’ve added Seek shade and Slide on sunglasses.
Just by doing the SunSmart5 – you are significantly reducing your skin cancer risk.
So we’re clear and directly quoting the Cancer Council Australia:
During National Skin Cancer Action Week, we are reminding Australians to slip on sun-protective clothing, slop on SPF30 (or higher) broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen, slap on a broad-brimmed hat, seek shade and slide on sunglasses.
Its simple – Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide.
Ok, so you’ve mastered the SunSmart5 – what else can you do?
- Understand what the UV rating scale is all about – sometimes its at the end of the news, in the weather section – Tip: if the UV rating is lower than 3 – that might be a good time to get your dose of Vitamin D mentioned above.
- If you want a tan – go fake! (Wellness Assist absolutely does not encourage ‘fakeness’ in any other situation! At any other time we are about being real, honest, sustainable, balanced and achieveable!)
- Do regular skin checks – know what’s your ‘normal’ – if anything changes, get it checked out as a matter of urgency.
SunSmart5 + Wellness Assist’s 3 tips – whilst there are no guarantees, this advice should see you well placed to being proactive on taking care of your skin.