Don’t for­get to slip, slop, slap, seek, and slide

Chinchilla News - - NEWS - Brooke Dun­can Brooke.Dun­can@chin­chillanews.com.au

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!

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