If there's one thing I've learnt from starting our podcast this year, it's that A LOT of people still aren't wearing SPF every day. However, it does make me happy to report that more of our listeners have been converted to daily sunscreen use since our podcast launched.
Now, when I say sunscreen, I don't mean the SPF15 in your usual tinted moisturiser. While that's definitely better than no protection at all, it certainly isn't enough (particularly during the peak of summer in Australia).
Why Is Sunscreen So Important?
According to Dr Ahmad Hasanien from Specialist Clinics Australia, “Being located close to the ozone hole over the Antarctic means that much higher, more severe levels of UV radiation get through to ground level”.
The Earth’s orbit brings Australia closer to the sun (compared to Europe during its summer), resulting in an additional 7% solar UV intensity. Clearer atmospheric conditions in our part of the world also means Australians are exposed to up to 15% more UV than Europeans.
Not only does this result a higher rate of melanoma, but also accelerated ageing caused by sun damage. The Cancer Council recommend taking sun protection measures when the UV index is over 3. In Australia, some states will sit at a UV index over 3 all year round. You can check your state's average by month here.