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Sun safety Message. How much sun do we really need?

In Australia being out in the sun is something of a national pastime.  Kids especially love having ‘fun in the sun’.

But it seems, in recent times, the mantra of “slip, slop, slap” could be getting lost in translation.

New research shows some media articles have spruiked the benefits of taking in the sun’s Vitamin D all too often at the expense of the sun smart message.


So, how much sun do we really need?  

Mr Ian Holten advises that it is “absolutely crucial to get SOME sun on you but NOT to get burnt”.

Quite often 10 to 15 minutes in the sun is adequate for us to get our vitamin D requirements.


Being out in the sun is a “balancing act”

In simple terms, Mr Ian Holten explains:

You need a LITTLE but of sun to improve your immunity.


TOO MUCH SUN kills your immunity and that’s when you form skin cancers.



Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer.

Last year nation-wide there were more than 14,000 cases diagnosed according to the Institute of Health and Welfare. All up melanoma claimed the lives of more than 1,900 people.


Skin Cancer Prevention

A lot of melanoma cases can be prevented by:

  • Use of a good quality sunscreen (preferably zinc based)
  • Realise you can get a sunburn on a cloudy day when the UV Index is still high. Read more about Victoria’s high UV Index. 
  • Early detection via regular skin cancer and mole checks
  • Going and seeing a skin expert if you see any unusual changes in moles or skin spots


Mr Ian Holten was interviewed by WINNEWS, 7 January, 2019.  Reporter  John Nelder.

Sun safety Message. How much sun do we really need?

Experts are reiterating the sun safety message, with new research suggesting the public’s receiving mixed messages over the effects of exposure to the sun.The research says there’s a fine line between the HARM of the UV rays and the BENEFITS of Vitamin D.Mr Ian Holten explains to WINNews reporter John Nelder.

Posted by Australian Skin Face Body on Sunday, January 13, 2019