As we approach Australian Day weekend, it is anticipated that the temperatures will soar over 30oC across Oz, with crazy 37oC in Central and South Australia! Alongside the temperature, it is important to listen out for the UV index – and remember 11+ is ‘extreme’ – like today (22 January 2018), across the Nation the UV Index was rated at Extreme.
What exactly does the UV index mean, you ask? It is simply a way of describing UV radiation intensity. The higher the number the higher the danger.
Check out the free SunSmart App which recommends what sun protection you require for your location (in real time) using forecast information from a range of source, including the Bureau of Meteorology.
Please, over this coming long weekend, remember to SLIP, SLOP, SLAP!
Cancer Council Australia also recommends SunSmart App to check local UV levels and recommended sun protection. They further recommend, because babies and children’s skin is so delicate to cover as much of your little one’s skin as possible with loose fitting close (tight weave), wraps and wide brim or bucket style hats and apply sunscreen to any exposed skin. Cancer Council Australia recommends using sunscreen labelled ‘broad-spectrum, water-resistant and SPF30+ or above” (remember to check expiry date). For further information on different sunscreen options can be found Cancer Council Australia Shop.
And for a little extra protection for your little one, check out our Hooded Beach Poncho’s made with 100% Organic Terry Cotton that is both comfortable and breathable; and our range of Dozer and Millymook sun-hats – the majority are reversible, have chin cords (to keep them in place) and offer UPF50+ sun protection.
Kate & Kim