SUMMER GODDESS Lauren Day
This Summer, our Founder Lauren Day shares her sun safety tips to help you stay protected from the summer heat.
We've all heard the saying Slip Slop Slap. The popular Aussie jingle that reminds kids to stay safe in the sun. "Just slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen and slap on a hat." But there's more to sun safety that just protecting yourself when you're at the beach or out in the sun.
Did you know Melanoma is the most common skin cancer affecting 15 - 39 year old Australians. It's time to take your skin seriously!
Do you have fair skin?
Do you live in Australia?
Do you spend time in the sun?
You maybe at risk for melanoma!
Early detection is key, so let me share with you, 5 things you can do to stay safe this Summer.
1. Wear Sunscreen
Wear sunscreen everyday especially when you're outside, or at the beach. Especially if you're outside working or exercising between the hours of 10am and 3pm, don't forget to apply sunscreen and reapply every 2 - 3 hours.
Why is Sunscreen important?
Sunscreen protects you from the sun's ultraviolet rays. Ultraviolet rays include UVA and UVB. UVA penetrates the skin causing wrinkles and contributes to skin cancer, while UVB causes sunburn and can also be a factor in skin cancer.
I recommend ECO by SONYA DRIVER Natural Sunscreen. This SPF 30 broad spectrum sunscreen has a non-greasy zinc formula which lasts 3 hours in the water, and it's suitable for face and body. Plus it's Australian made, cruelty-free and reef friendly.
2. Avoid the Sun between 10am and 3pm
If you have fair skin that burns easily, try avoiding sun exposure between the hours of 10am and 3pm. This is when the sun's ultraviolet rays are the strongest.
3. Protect your skin from the Sun
5 steps to protect your skin from the sun
SHADE - Seek shade especially during the hottest part of the day
CLOTHING - Wear sun-protective clothing that covers your back, shoulders, arms and legs
SUNGLASSES - Wear wrap around sunglasses
SUNSCREEN - Apply a broad spectrum 30+ sunscreen every 2 hours after swimming or exercise.
HAT - Wear a broad brimmed hat
4. Get a Skin Check
Get your skin checked by a professional - a skin cancer specialist who is an expert in early melanoma detection. If you have fair skin prone, be sure to get your skin checked a least once every 12 months.
5. Check your skin regularly
Take photos of your skin now and again in 3 months - if you notice a change, seek medical advice from a Skin Cancer Specialist.
Did you know?
Skin is your body's largest organ. You can get a melanoma anywhere. For women it's most common on legs. For men it's most common on the back.
Moles can change rapidly, and early detection is key. So if something doesn't look right, or you notice a mole or freckle changing shape, size or colour - get it checked out by a professional.
Lauren is wearing the official GameOnMole t-shirt available at GameonMole.com.au
So this Summer be sure to wear sunscreen, stay out of the sun if you can, protect your skin when you're in the sun, take photos of your skin every 3 months and get your skin checked at least once a year.
Game on Mole is an initiative from the Melanoma Institute of Australia.
For more information about how to stay safe this Summer go to GameonMole.com.au.