Even though I am old enough to know better I got sunburnt this week. I thought I was being SunSmart. I applied sunscreen all over (I like to do this before I put my bathers on so that I don’t miss bits and get it all over my bathers). I was under a cabana for most of the day and wore a hat. What I failed to do was to reapply sunscreen. According to the Cancer Council you should reapply sunscreen every two hours, and even more often if you are swimming or exercising. You can read more at www.cancer.org.au.
Melanoma is the most common type of cancer in 12-24 year old Australians (Cancer Council). The MyUV website can tell you the UV level where you are and recommend the times you should take precautions. Your skin also ages prematurely when exposed to the sun unprotected.
Slip on protective clothing like a rashie or shirt
Slop on some sunscreen UV30+ or higher
Slap on a hat - preferably a wide brimmed one
Seek some shade
Slide on some sunnies.