Australia has one of the highest skin cancer rates in the world. Remember those 4 tips and enjoy the coming warm days.
- Check for approval
Sunscreens in Australia are heavily regulated by the TGA, so as long as it has an AUST L number (usually on the back) to show it's approved, you are good to go.
- Broad spectrum
You should be using sunscreen that is labeled broad-spectrum, meaning it protects against both UVA and UVB, our experts say.
"UVB is more harmful in terms of causing cancer, but UVA can also increase cancer risk and also causes skin aging and can affect immune function,"
It is recommended sunscreen with a minimum SPF (sun protection factor) of 30.
"Many Australians are surprised to learn that SPF50+ only offers marginally better protection than SPF30. SPF50+ filters out 98 percent of UVB radiation, while SPF30 blocks out 96.7 percent of UVB," according to the Cancer Council website.
- Water resistance
If you're swimming or sweating, choose a sunscreen that is waterproof.