Stay safe in the sun with the free SunSmart app
- Published on Thursday 11 February, 2016
- 2 min. to read
Extreme weather conditions in Australia puts everyone at risk during the summer months with ultraviolet (UV) radiation and extreme heat causing many health problems, including skin cancer.
Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world and at least 2 in 3 Australians will be diagnosed before the age of 70, with exposure to UV radiation the leading cause.
When it’s a hot, sunny day, it’s easy to remember to follow these tips to help yourself stay healthy and safe. But what about days when it’s not sunny or hot? There is still a danger from UV exposure, whether we realise it or not.
Unlike the sun’s light which we see or the sun’s warmth (infrared radiation) which we feel, the sun’s UV radiation cannot be seen or felt. As our senses cannot detect UV, it can be damaging without us knowing.
There is also a huge variation in UV levels not only around the world but across Australia. The UV level is affected by various factors including the time of day, time of year, cloud cover, altitude, and distance from the equator.
The free SunSmart app tells you when you need sun protection, making it easier than ever to be sun smart all year round, no matter where you are.
With the help of the SunSmart app, you can set your location, personalise your skin type, height, weight, age and gender, and set up a sun protection alert to receive notifications when UV reaches a level that can damage your skin and eyes.
The app also includes two-hour reminders to re-apply sunscreen and a sunscreen calculator to help determine how much sunscreen you need to apply.
Users can also find out if they are getting enough Vitamin D and check the weather for the next seven days any location in Australia.
Download the free SunSmart app today to protect yourself from the Australian sun.