SUN
PROTECTION

Every day - even in winter or in cloudy weather - skin is exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet radiation. UV are responsible for multiple misdeeds within the skin. They are a key culprit in the appearance of signs of ageing: Wrinkles, age spots and sagging. More worryingly, they are responsible for most cases of skin cancer.

Yet only 40% of australian women wear sunscreen every day.*

*Source: IPSOS TAO Beauty Segmentation Study – June 2020

YOUR QUESTIONS
OUR ANSWERS

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What sunscreen should I use for babies?

The best sun protection for young babies is shade and light clothing to protect them from the sun. Sunscreen is recommended for babies six months and older. It is important to use sunscreen formulated for sensitive skin, free from fragrances and irritants. Dr Cara McDonald, Dermatologist – Complete Skin Specialists

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What is sunscreen SPF?

SPF (sun protection factor) is a measure relating to UVB and the time taken to see a sunburn reaction compared to using no protection at all. It does not measure protection against UVA radiation and therefore it is very important to choose a sunscreen that has both a high SPF (50+) and is also labelled as broad-spectrum. Dr Cara McDonald, Dermatologist – Complete Skin Specialists

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How can I protect a new tattoo from the sun?

Any healing wound should be protected completely from the sun and a new tattoo is no different. The best protection is a completely opaque covering such as a dressing or thick clothing, but if this is not possible then high SPF sunscreen should be used at all times. Dr Cara McDonald, Dermatologist – Complete Skin Specialists

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How can I protect my skin from the sun?

It's best to protect your skin every day to avoid long-term damage. Sun-exposed areas should be protected with sunscreen as well as shade, hats and sunglasses where possible. When exposed to high UV levels you should reapply your sunscreen regularly and use additional protection such as clothing as much as possible. Dr Cara McDonald, Dermatologist – Complete Skin Specialists

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What is the best sunscreen for sensitive skin?

Choose a sunscreen formulated especially for sensitive skin which is fragrance free and free from other irritants such as parabens. If you have had an adverse reaction to sunscreen in the past, then is always advisable to test the sunscreen in a small area for a few days prior to applying it over the whole face. Dr Cara McDonald, Dermatologist – Complete Skin Specialists

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Does a spray tan protect you from the sun?

Unfortunately a spray tan offers no effective level of sun protection. The tan like a dye in the outer layers of the skin but has no protective effect. Fake tanning is much safer than conventional tanning from the sun but it is still essential to use regular sun protection to avoid unintended damage after using fake tan. Dr Cara McDonald, Dermatologist – Complete Skin Specialists

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How can I protect my skin from the sun without sunscreen?

Without sunscreen it is difficult to obtain complete protection from the sun if outdoors. Sun-protective clothing, hats, sunglasses and shade are great additions to reduce sun damage but due to reflection of sunlight we cannot completely protect our skin outdoors without using sunscreen. Dr Cara McDonald, Dermatologist – Complete Skin Specialists

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How can I tan without damaging my skin?

Unfortunately any suntan is a distress call from the skin and shows that the skin is trying to protect itself from UV damage. The only tanning that avoids skin damage is fake tan. Dr Cara McDonald, Dermatologist – Complete Skin Specialists

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How can I protect my face from the sun?

The face is the most frequently exposed area. It's important to develop a daily habit of high SPF protection on the face. This will reduce the sun damage throughout one’s life. However even with daily sun protection, direct sun exposure on the face should be avoided where possible using hats, shade and sunglasses. Dr Cara McDonald, Dermatologist – Complete Skin Specialists

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TRUE
OR FALSE

NO NEED TO WEAR SUN
PROTECTION WHEN IT'S CLOUDY.

FALSE

Even on a grey and rainy day, skin is exposed to UV rays that will gradually cause the stigmata of photo-ageing to appear. To fully protect your skin, opt for sunscreen every day, not just when it’s warm and sunny. 
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SUN CAN MAKE
YOU AGE PREMATURELY.

TRUE

UVA rays disrupt skin’s inner building blocks such as collagen and elastin fibres. Over time,sun exposure causes a loss of plumpness and elasticity as well as wrinkles. UVB rays also stimulate patchy and irregular pigment production leading to dark spots and a sallow complexion. Globally, these changes in the skin are known as photo-ageing.
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THE EARLIER A SKIN
CANCER IS DETECTED, THE BETTER.

TRUE

If detected early, 90% of skin cancers are curable. That is why screening is so important between dermatologist visits to keep an eye on your moles and those of your loved ones. And of course, make sunscreen a daily non-negotiable to protect your moles and prevent skin cancer.
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CHILDREN ARE MORE
VULNERABLE TO THE SUN.

TRUE

Sun safety is of paramount importance for children, especially when you know that 50 - 80% of UV-related damage occurs before the age of 20 years old, and that 1 out of 55 people born in 2008 will one day develop a melanoma. But this risk can be drastically reduced with the proper protection
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MOST CASES OF 
MELANOMA ARE PREVENTABLE

The most serious form of skin cancer, melanoma, is one of the most common types of cancer among young people, with women under 30 being particularly affected. The good news is that most skin cancer cases are completely preventable thanks to adequate sun protection in the form of protective clothing, smart sun-behaviours and the right sunscreen.

The following sections offer an overview of key concepts in sun protection: How does sun protection work and why is it so important, and how can you be sure you and your family’s skin is safe? 

You will also learn top tips on skin cancer prevention and guidance on using the ABCDE method to screen your and your loved ones’ moles. 

Finally, we also address concerns regarding sun protection and product safety – how safe is your sunscreen for both you and the environment?

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DEAR
READERS

The information displayed here is intended for general educational purposes only and should not in any case be a substitute for professional medical advice. You should always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with any medical question.