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Protection From The Sunshine

Now that the sun is shining and you and your family are spending more time outdoors it's important to make sure you have the right suncreen protection.

This side of the world suffers from some of the strongest UV radiation in the world because of our proximity to the Ozone layer so sun protection is essential and required to stop sunburn which can lead to skin damage, eye damage, and skin cancer.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer statistics identifies New Zealand and Australia as having the highest melanoma skin cancer rates in the world. Furthermore, non-melanoma skin cancers are also very common and may be increasing. Sun protection is our best protection against cancer and any other sun-related illness.

Using sunscreen daily is our best defense. 80% of UV radiation still gets through on a cloudy day so using sunscreen is important even if it doesn't look like it's going to be a sunny day.

Any broad-spectrum sunscreen can be used for sun protection, but it should have a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30+ or more. There are many quality sunscreens that are suited to all skin types and for family use which we stock at competitive prices.

Ways you can increase your sun protection:

  • Wearing a hat, long sleeve shirt, and sunglasses, as well as sunscreen in the summer months, will go a long way to protect you from the harmful effects of the sun's UV radiation. Always wear eye protection all year round to prevent premature eye aging.
  • Your local weather app will often give you advice on the recommended layers of clothing for any given day. With the age of technology, sun smart is just a tap away on your mobile device.

Levels of UV radiation from the sun are always changing however in general, UV radiation is most damaging to skin and eyes from September to April (the daylight-saving months), when the UV radiation levels are higher.

Useful tips when applying sunscreen:

  • Apply your sunscreen 20 minutes before going outside.
  • Choose a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen of at least SPF30. Broad-spectrum sunscreen reduces the intensity of both UVA and UVB rays.
  • Check your sunscreen's label to confirm it hasn't passed its use-by date (expired).
  • Reapply your sunscreen every two hours, as well as after swimming, sweating, and being active.
  • Store your sunscreen according to the label's instructions.
  • Babies skin is very fragile so try to keep them out of direct sunlight. This is especially important between 10 am and 4 pm from September to April.
  • Sunscreen helps reduce exposure to UV radiation, but that’s all. It should not be used to increase the amount of time you can spend in the sun.


If you are not sure which sunscreen suits you and your family best pop in and see one of our friendly team members in the pharmacy for further advice and recommendations on the best sunscreens on the market.

Disclaimer: This article provides general information only. It is not intended as medical or health advice and should not be relied on as a substitute for consultation with a qualified healthcare professional who understands your individual medical needs.