Sun Smart Travel: Tips on How to Protect Yourself from Getting Too Much Exposure
How sun smart are you?
Summer in Australia can mean so many things. Days at the beach, back yard bbq's and Sun …lots of it.
Aussies know how harsh the sun can be in the Southern Hemisphere and can always tell you how long it takes for them to burn (I take 10mins). Over Summer our shores are visited by travelers from all over the world and you will be guaranteed to see packs of bright pink travelers heading off to the chemist to purchase burn cream and aloe vera.
Here are a few tips on how to stay Sun Smart over the Aussie Summer:
SLIP : On a hat
SLOP: On a t-Shirt
SLAP: On sunscreen
SLIDE: On sun glasses
Unfortunately Sunscreen will not totally protect you from the sun so to combine the above means that your better covered and less likely to burn.
When applying Sunscreen make sure you do regularly and do it in the shade. Also remember to purchase a sunscreen which is water fast and do replace your sunscreen every season as age decreases its effectiveness.
Cloudy Days are just as bad as the bright sunny ones with the UV rays being trapped by the cloud increasing your chances of being burnt.
While driving you are still able to get burnt. Everyone who drives has a driving arm that may be slightly darker or have a few more freckles over the summer period. It is just as important that you take sunscreen with you to reapply in the car.
Long trips can be made very uncomfortable if you get burnt and if your driving with the windows down this will also increase your chances as the glass will stop a percentage of the UV rays entering. Don't forget the backs of your hands as I always do.
For your valuable back seat passengers, suction cup screen shade or the full window cover will help keep them protected from the sun, cool and shady.
Sunglasses are also very important when driving in full sun. The shade will also stop your eye from tiring to quickly.
Enjoy your drive.