Overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation causes wrinkles and skin and eye damage, ultimately leading to skin cancer.
UV cannot be seen or felt. It is not like the sun’s light which we see, or the sun’s warmth (infrared radiation) which we feel. Our senses cannot detect UV so it can be damaging without us knowing. There is a huge variation in UV levels across Australia. The UV level is affected by a number of factors including the time of day, time of year, cloud cover, altitude, proximity to the equator, scattering and reflection.
That’s why it’s so important to check the daily sun protection times for your location each day on the SunSmart app for iPhone, iPad and Android. The app lets you know when you do and don’t need sun protection, making it easier than ever to be smart about your sun exposure all year.