With the stunning weather arriving in NZ us kiwis like to put on those flip flops, shorts and show our bare arms as we soak up the sun. We know the slip, slop, slap slogan is spoon fed to us annually, but when we see those first gorgeous days sometimes we forget in our enthusiasm that our skin needs protection and we end up with our pale winter skin turning bright red and dry.
Out in the sun we need to apply 7 teaspoons of sunblock every two hours says the HPA that teach New Zealanders about being sun smart.
There are many myths about sun bathing. Below some of them that you may have heard. It’s important we educate ourselfs on what does and doesnt work.
1) I can’t get sunburnt on a cloudy day. False: You can still get sunburnt on a cloudy day. This is because UV radiation can get through light cloud cover, so unprotected skin can still be damaged.
6) Wearing a t-shirt in the water is as sun protective as a rash shirt. False: A wet t-shirt may offer only half the protection it does when it is dry. If you are going to be in the water, a rash shirt and sunscreen is a good form of protection. A full body wetsuit gives better protection.