You know that when you go out in the sun that very quickly you will start to burn and cause long term damage to the skin. Did you know that even on cloudy days that your skin can still be affected by damaging UV rays?
What do you use sunscreen for?
Sunscreen is used to protect the skin against sun damage. Though sunscreens offer a lot of protection, they need to be used correctly to offer maximum protection.
Prevention is always the best cure, and the best way to avoid a sun damage is to avoid being out in the sun during the danger times. During summer in Australia, this is generally between 9am and 4pm. Even if it is overcast it is wise to limit your time outdoors during these times.
If you must be outside, wear sunscreen and protective clothing. A sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and clothing that includes long sleeves, a hat and sunglasses are ideal.
Remember: clouds do not count as protective clothing
Clouds are not considered protective against UV rays and sunburn. Even on rainy days, the UV index can reach extreme during daylight hours. Visible light that is normally seen on sunny days is significantly reduced by cloud cover, but UV radiation still penetrates the clouds. This is why you need to keep up your sun protection no matter what the weather.
You can check the daily UV index on the Bureau of Meteorology website or through the SunSmart app on your mobile device.
What are the risks of not protecting the skin?
The immediate concern is sunburn, which can be mild to severe. Some sunburns can be so serious that they cause severe swelling, blistering and pain, and require hospitalisation. Lifetime exposure—including many mild burns— to sun is a risk associated with developing skin cancers and other non-cancerous lesions.
We offer a range of dermatology and skincare services, including a full skin check and sun-smart education. To make an appointment, contact us today!