This side of the world suffers from some of the strongest UV radiation in the world because of our proximity to the Ozone layer so sun protection is essential and required to stop sunburn which can lead to skin damage, eye damage and skin cancer.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer statistics identifies New Zealand and Australia as having the highest melanoma skin cancer rates in the world. Furthermore, non-melanoma skin cancers are also very common and may be increasing. Sun protection is our best protection against cancer and any other sun related illness.
Using sunscreen daily is our best defence. 80% of UV radiation still gets through on a cloudy day so using sunscreen is important even if it doesn't look like it's going to be a sunny day.
Any broad-spectrum sunscreen can be used for sun protection, but it should have a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30+ or more. There are many quality sunscreens that are suited to all skin types and for family use which we stock at competitive prices.
Wearing a hat, long sleeve shirt and sunglasses, as well as sunscreen in the summer months, will go a long way to protect you from the harmful effects of the suns UV radiation. Always wear eye protection all year round to prevent premature eye aging.
Your local weather app will often give you advice on the recommended layers of clothing for any given day. With the age of technology, sun smart is just tap away on your mobile device.
Levels of UV radiation from the sun are always changing however in general, UV radiation is most damaging to skin and eyes from September to April (the daylight-saving months), when the UV radiation levels are higher.