Skin IQ (53 of 60) – Why did I Get Sunburnt?

October 12, 2011

You’ve gone to a picnic by the beach, you’ve applied some sunscreen, but you came home burnt – how did this happen?

Even the most cautious of sun-goers can get burnt.  It’s important to remember that just slapping on some sunscreen for the day isn’t enough.

Here are some tips to avoid sunburn:

  • Apply a broad spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF30+ 20 minutes before sun exposure
  • Apply it at the correct dose. 1 teaspoon per limb and face. That equates to approximately 2 tablespoons or 30ml per adult
  • Reapply after two hours, after swimming, exercise and towelling dry
  • Wear a broad brimmed hat, sun protective clothing and sunglasses, and
  • Seek shade wherever possible in the high UV peak times.  The Bureau of Meteorology can help you identify high UV times:

Remember, it can take as little as 10 minutes to get burnt.




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