When is SunSmart season? When should you use sun protection? In Victoria sun protection is usually required from mid-August to the end of April when the UV reaches 3 and above.

What are the 5 S for SunSmart? 

For the best protection, use all five SunSmart steps:
  • Slip on covering clothing. Choose clothing that covers as much skin as possible, for example, collared shirts with long sleeves.
  • Slop on SPF 30 (or higher) broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen.
  • Slap on a hat.
  • Seek shade.
  • Slide on some sunglasses.

What do SunSmart mean? SunSmart is a not-for-profit health promotion program in Australia that promotes a balance between the benefits and harms of sunlight exposure, most notably including vitamin D and skin cancer.

How effective is SunSmart? A proven track record in preventing cancer and saving lives – it is estimated to have prevented more than 43,000 skin cancers and 1,400 deaths from the disease in Victoria between 1988 and 2011.

When is SunSmart season? – Additional Questions

Who is SunSmart funded by?

We are proud that our work has resulted in melanoma rates declining or stabilising in all age groups under 60 in Victoria. Jointly funded by Cancer Council Victoria and the Victorian Government, we are famous for our Slip!

Why should you be SunSmart?

National SunSmart Schools Program

Students are in school when daily ultraviolet (UV) radiation levels are at their peak, meaning schools are uniquely placed to educate about sun protection behaviour, minimise UVR exposure and ultimately reduce a student’s lifetime risk of skin cancer.

What time of the day is UV Index highest?

The maximum UV level on any given day occurs during the four-hour period between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., a timeframe scientists refer to as ‘solar noon. ‘ When the UV Index is featured in news and/or weather reports, it’s typically used to forecast the maximum UV levels for the following day for a specific region.

Is sun damage cumulative?

Cumulative Effect of Sun Damage

While sunburns are a definite culprit in skin cancer (especially melanoma) and the early aging of our skin, most sun damage is cumulative, caused by many days of sun exposure.

What blocks the sun’s ultraviolet?

Ozone is a particularly effective absorber of UV radiation. As the ozone layer gets thinner, the protective filter activity of the atmosphere is progressively reduced. Consequently, the people and the environment are exposed to higher levels of UV radiation, especially UVB.

How do I protect my child from the sun?

How to Protect Kids from the Sun
  1. Use “broad spectrum” sunscreen.
  2. Limit time in the sun.
  3. Use extra protection for babies less than 6 months.
  4. Dress yourself and your child in protective clothing.
  5. Reapply sunscreen often!
  6. Set a good example.

What is the safest time to be in the sun?

Abstract. To get an optimal vitamin D supplement from the sun at a minimal risk of getting cutaneous malignant melanoma (CMM), the best time of sun exposure is noon.

Do black people burn in the sun?

Darker skin tones have more melanin than lighter ones, meaning they’re better protected from the sun. But melanin isn’t immune to all UV rays, so there’s still some risk. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study found black people were the least likely to get sunburned.

Should I put sunscreen on my child every day?

Every child needs sun protection. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends that all kids — regardless of their skin tone — wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Although dark skin has more protective melanin and tans more easily than it burns, tanning is a sign of sun damage.

What months is the sun the strongest?

Seasonality plays a part: May through August are typically the strongest months, UV-exposure-wise. But, as the Sun Safety Alliance states, “UV rays reach Earth every day—including wintertime. Snow can reflect 85% to 90% of the sun’s UV rays.” So, lather up the SPF year round.

Can you get vitamin D from the sun after 4pm?

Vitamin D, also known as the “sunshine vitamin,” is synthesized in the skin following direct exposure to UVB rays. However, the UV index must be over 3 to make vitamin D, which usually occurs around midday between 10am and 2pm.

What happens if you wear sunscreen everyday?

The bottom line

Over time, this sun damage starts to add up. Using sunscreen every day can help protect you from skin cancer and skin changes. There are additional ways to protect yourself from the sun, like wearing hats and staying in the shade.

Why you should not use sunscreen?

Not only does this impact our skin, it causes damage to our internal organs and our overall wellbeing. The active ingredients in sunscreen, toxic minerals and chemical filters, cause allergies and hormonal issues as they mimic estrogen and cause host of other problems.

Is there any natural sunscreen?

Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide Are the Only Natural Sunscreen Active Ingredients. As we mentioned before, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are the only ingredients approved by the FDA to give your sunscreen a natural SPF. Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are minerals, naturally found in the earth.

Does wearing sunscreen prevent you from aging?

Evidence shows that using sunscreen every day helps slow down the skin’s aging process. According to one groundbreaking study, people who use broad-spectrum sunscreen on a daily basis experience 24 percent less skin aging than those who use sunscreen only intermittently.

Can you reverse sun damage?

While you can treat the aesthetic effects of sun damage, you unfortunately can’t reduce or reverse DNA damage caused by the sun, Dr. Bard says. “Once DNA mutation has occurred due to UV irradiation, there is no way to undo that. The cell needs to be destroyed by an outside modality or by the body,” she explains.

Is zinc oxide anti aging?

It is effective in anti-ageing

Zinc Oxide helps with tissue growth and regeneration, including the repair of connective tissues and production of collagen (what keeps our skin bouncy and youthful looking)!

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