Sun safety for skin in summer

For Australians, summer often means the outdoors. Getting enough sun exposure is important for maintaining vitamin D levels, but many people get skin damage from the sun.

Follow these simple tips to help your skin stay protected over the summer.

Avoid the midday sun – The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays are the strongest during 11 am and 3 pm during the summer.1 Try to plan activities in the shade or indoors during these hours.

Be aware of reflective surfaces – UV rays reflect off surfaces such as water, sand and concrete, even in the shade.

Stock up on sunscreen – Look for a broad-spectrum high protection (SPF 30+) sunscreen and use it daily. Sunscreen 
is best applied 20 minutes before heading outside and then every 2 hours, or after you enter the water.

Kit up for the sun – This includes lip balm, long sleeved clothing that is loose fitting and light weight, a broad brimmed hat and some sunglasses. Choose sunglasses that filter out harmful UVA and UVB rays.

Stay hydrated – Water is vital to maintain the skin’s texture and appearance.2 Drink plenty of water, especially on warmer days.

Taking medications? – Some medications may increase your sensitivity to sunlight.3 Check with your doctor or pharmacist to make sure you stay protected.

Your pharmacy has a range of products to help you through the summer that are suited for different conditions. Talk to your pharmacist for some invaluable advice on choosing the right sun product.


  1. Choice. What’s the damage? Available from (accessed October 2018).
  2. Better Health Channel. Water – a vial nutrient. Available from (accessed October 2018).
  3. Good Rx. Avoid the sun if you take these drugs. Available from (accessed October 2018).
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