When we think about sun safety, we often think about the hot summer months and outdoor activities, such as beach or pool days. However, practicing sun safety is actually important all year round. This is because even on cloudy and cooler days, UV radiation from the sun can have harmful effects. Throughout large parts of Australia and New Zealand, UV levels can remain 3 and above for most, if not all, of the year. A UV level of 3 is considered moderate and can cause sun damage to your skin.
For those not trying to avoid the cold, winter often becomes about hot chocolates and snow-covered mountains. But did you know that UV radiation is more intense at higher altitudes? And, the snow can actually reflect up to 80% of UV radiation? This means that even on your winter wonderland holiday, you need to protect yours and your little one's skin.
Sun safety is not seasonal. It is important to understand the harm that UV radiation can do all year round, and make sure everyone is protected. So, whether you are enjoying a winter hike, a picnic in the park, or skiing on the slopes, practice the same sun safety tips that you do in summer!
Sources: www.cancercouncil.org.au; www.cancersociety.org.au; www.rch.org.au