Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

10 {Myths about Sun Protection}

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

10 {Myths about Sun Protection}

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1. It is not possible to get sunburnt on cloudy or cool days.

False: You can get sunburnt on mild days due to the high levels of UV radiation that can penetrate clouds. Check the SunSmart UV Alert every day and protect your skin when UV levels are 3 or above, even when you are in the sun for short periods. The SunSmart UV Alert is available in the weather section of most daily newspapers or at www.bom.gov.au/weather/uv (http://www.bom.gov.au/weather/uv)

2. If your cosmetics contain sunscreen, you do not need to use sunscreen.

False: Foundations and moisturisers that contain sunscreen are fine if you are outside for short periods such as a quick trip to the shops at lunchtime. However, if you need to spend periods of time in the sun, use a separate sunscreen and reapply it every 2 hours - not just once in the morning. Be aware that most cosmetic products offer protection that is much lower than the maximum recommended SPF30+.

3. People with olive skin are not at risk of skin cancer.

False: Regardless of skin type, if you spent your childhood in Australia you are at higher risk of developing skin cancer than someone who grew up elsewhere. People who tan easily or are naturally dark skinned have a lower risk than people with fair skin that burns easily, but they are still at risk of skin damage and skin cancer.

4. Solariums are a safe way to get a 'base tan' to start off the summer.

False: Solariums emit UV radiation that is up to five times stronger than the midday sun, so they can damage your skin even more than a 'natural' suntan. Research shows that using a solarium can significantly increase your risk of melanoma. There is no safe way to tan.

5. People need plenty of sun exposure to avoid vitamin D deficiency.

False: On days when UV levels are high, most people get enough Vitamin D through normal activity, even with sun protection. …

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