Don’t forget to slip, slop, slap, seek, and slide
WE’RE well into spring and summer isn’t too far away, so it’s the perfect time to issue a timely reminder to slip, slop, slap, seek and slide.
Anyone who knows me knows I stray on the, well, ghostly, end of the skin spectrum.
I don’t tan, but I burn.
I burn easily, I burn fast. In fact, when it gets hot enough, even hanging out the washing is a legitimate sunburn risk!
But, regardless of your skin tone, the fact is it only takes a few burns to permanently damage your skin.
And in regional Queensland, where the UV index almost always seems to reach ‘extreme’, it’s crucial to take preventative steps to make sure you don’t get an awful surprise down the track.
So, remember the 5 S’s, as described on the Sunsmart website:
■ Slip on sun protective clothing that covers as much of your body as possible.
■ Slop on SPF 30 or higher broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen, at least 20 minutes before sun exposure.
■ Reapply every two hours when outdoors or more often if perspiring or swimming.
■ Slap on a broad-brimmed hat that shades your face, neck and ears.
■ Seek shade.
■ Slide on sunglasses. Save yourself and your family a lot of heartache and take the time to protect your skin.
Then you can enjoy some classic Aussie summer fun without the regrets.
I’m sure your future self will thank you in the long run!