There is perhaps nothing worse than reaching the second day of your holiday to find that your skin is stiff, you are in severe pain and you can hardly move thanks to the much-hated skin condition of sunburn. Particularly affecting those with fair skin and those who don’t go to the necessary measures to protect their skin, sunburn is a common spoiler to Australian holidays, so to avoid this disappointment it is necessary to keep a few important things
Slip, Slop, Slap
This Aussie slogan is perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind when it comes to sun protection in our great country.
Slip-on a shirt: If you are thinking of heading to the beach or spending some time sunbathing the most important thing to do is cover up with a shirt. This will prevent burning on the back and shoulders; Some of the most painful places to burn.
Slop on Sunscreen; Sunscreen is an extremely important part od the process as it allows you to leave parts of your body exposed to the sun. Apply sunscreen with a minimum SF of 15, at least 15 minutes before you head outdoors, and reapply every two hours or so. Those with fair skin should apply it frequently.
Slap on a hat: Perhaps the easiest of the three, slapping on a hat will prevent your face from burning, while also shading your eyes. Broad-brimmed hats are the best option, as they give a wider area of shade and will therefore protect more of your face and body from the sun
Beware of Cloudy days
Don’t let dreary days fool you; they can be just as buried as bright sunshine days.
While the sky may be cloudy, the sun is still behind these clouds, so it still pays to slip, slop and slap.
Limit Time Spend outdoors
Another great way to prevent burning from eh intense rays of the sun it to avoid spending time outdoors in the middle of the day.
Avoid spending too much time in the sun between the hours of `10am and 3 pm as this is generally when the sun is the harshest
Avoid the Outdoors
If all else fails, avoid going outside. Although this may seem a little drastic, for some it will be the only option
Spending shorter periods of time out in the sun will reduce the risk of burning
Australia offers many great indoor activities so it staying inside is the only option available to you, spend some time giving them a go.
Avoid tanning salon
An often misconception is that tanning salons are a safe and healthy way to get a tan; wrong!
Tanning booths don’t necessarily give you an automatic tan, in Fact, those with fair skin often leave with immediate sunburn. However, if you must use a tanning salon, use it in moderation as the effects can be just as dangerous as the sun.