Four common questions

Use this information SPF to help you advise 30 your customers about Use the five SunSmart steps sunscreen use.

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1. How do filter the slip, slop, slap, and wrap ’s rays?

Sunscreens may contain physical or chemical »» Salicylates (Homomenthyl salicylate barriers to screen skin against the sun’s (), Ethylhexyl salicylate (octyl radiation (UV radiation). While salicylate/octisalate), physical barriers reflect or scatter the UV rays, chemical barriers act by absorbing the UV »» (butyl radiation before it hits the skin. methoxydibenzoylmethane) General advice is to choose a sunscreen which »» ((terephthalylidene dicamphor sulfonic acid; Mexoryl SX) is broad spectrum, which means it filters both UVA and UVB rays. Those who have sensitive »» ((phenylbenzimidazole sulfonic skin should choose a sunscreen labelled acid) hypoallergenic or low irritant. »» (Tinosorb S) Typical chemical absorbers include: »» (Tinosorb M) » (Glyceryl » Aminobenzoic acid derivatives Physical blockers are and PABA), , Roxadimate) zinc . When applied they leave a thick »» (, opaque () layer on the skin. Microfine or , Sulisonbenzone) of both are transparent on the skin and reflect UV radiation. »» Cinnamates (, (octinoxate), Ethoxyethyl p-methoxycinnamate 2. Do babies’ need a special sunscreen? ())

»» Babies’ skin is very sensitive and can easily so keep them out of the sun. »» Once a baby is moving use the five SunSmart steps.

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3. What is the SPF on a sunscreen label? For more information: Health Promotion Agency SunSmart SPF is a measure of how much UVB the sunscreen advice: can filter. Currently there is no international standard to label the degree of protection from UVA. Cancer Society of New Zealand – sunscreen advice: Choose a broad-spectrum, water resisitant sunscreen with a SPF of at least 30 and apply this correctly. Higher SPF sunscreens are available, reducing-cancer-risk/what-you-can-do/ however they still need to be correctly applied sunsmart/sunscreen/ and reapplied. When the instructions on the DermNet – sunscreen advice: sunscreen label are followed, SPF30 filters 96.7% of UV radiation. SPF50 filters 98% of UV radiation. how-to-choose-and-use-sunscreen/ No matter how high the SPF rating, no sunscreen can screen out all UV radiation. Consumer New Zealand – sunscreen: sunscreens 4. What is the best way to apply Or talk to your or GP if you sunscreen? want to know more about sunscreen or vitamin D »» Apply sunscreen 20 minutes before sun exposure to allow time for it to dry and be absorbed into the skin. »» An average sized adult should apply at least 1 teaspoon of sunscreen to each arm and leg, and 1/2 a teaspoon to the face, neck and ears. »» Always reapply sunscreen every two hours when you are outdoors and more often if you are sweating or in water.

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