Melanoma New Zealand's top tips for staying safe this summer

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You need to apply 9 teaspoons of sunscreen to be well protected in the sun. Once you’ve applied your first coat, you need to reapply the same 9 teaspoons every 2 hours.

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If the UV index is 3 or higher, you need to be taking steps to protect your skin, like wearing sunscreen and a hat outdoors. You can check the UV index for the day on your weather app.

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Always apply your sunscreen 20 minutes before going out in the sun.

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Always check the expiry date on your sunscreen before use. If it’s expired, it will be less effective in protecting you from the sun’s rays.

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New Zealand is closest to the sun during our Summer (November to February) which means a higher risk of damaging sun exposure. It's important to always have sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses with you when you're out and about during this time.

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Every time you burn, you’re more at risk of developing melanoma. If you’ve had a few bad burns this summer, do a self-check to see if there are any spots that have changed shape or size. If there are, get them checked out by a GP.