Melanoma New Zealand's top tips for staying safe this summer
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.
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.
Always apply your sunscreen 20 minutes before going out in the sun.
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.
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.
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.