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Now that spring has well and truly sprung, you may be trying to make the most of the warmer weather by getting active in the sun.

While physical exercise is great for your health and wellbeing, it’s also important to make sure you’re protected when the UV Index is 3 or above.

How do you know when you’re at risk? The free SunSmart app tells you exactly when the UV level is 3 or above and can send you an alert to remind you when sun protection times start. It also tells you the forecast maximum UV for the day.

To help make sure you’re well protected during the warmer months, we’ve put together five SunSmart tips:

  1. Slip on protective clothing
    Choose long pants and long sleeve collared shirts. Darker coloured materials are best as they absorb more UV radiation.
  2. Slop on SPF 30+ sunscreen
    Use a broad spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen and apply 20 minutes before going outside. Reapply at least every two hours.
  3. Slap on a broad-brimmed hat
    A hat should cover your head, face, neck and ears so swap the cap or visor for a broad-brimmed, bucket or legionnaire hat.
  4. Seek shade
    Whilst you’re playing sport outdoors, take advantage of shady breaks whenever you can. Hydrate in the shade and find shady spots when off the field. Try to schedule training and games earlier in the morning or later in the day when the UV radiation isn’t as intense.
  5. Slide on sunglasses
    Go for close-fitting, wrap-around styles, and ensure they have an eye protection factor (EPF) of 10.

Key take away: When the UV is 3 or more, make sure to slip, slop, slap, seek and slide!

For more information about sun protection and skin cancer