How to protect yourself from the sun

How to protect your skin from the sun

With summer approaching, we need to be even more vigilant about using sun protection.  A recent trial showed a 40 per cent reduction in the squamous cell cancer incidence with daily sunscreen use compared to discretionary sunscreen use.

AUSTRALIAN Skin Face Body, the plastic surgery, skin and laser clinic, combines medical experience, guidance and support to take a holistic approach to skin health.

With clinics in Ballarat, Geelong, Horsham and Warrnambool, Mr Ian Holten and a team of surgeons, doctors, nurses and dermal clinicians work collaboratively offering a range of surgical and non-surgical options for skin rejuvenation and skin health.

Many treatments on offer at Australian Skin Face Body are related to skin damage from the harsh Australian sun. Premature ageing of the skin includes wrinkles, loss of elasticity, pigmentation and change in the skin’s texture. The most serious being skin cancer.

“Studies show people in regional areas are more likely to develop skin cancer than in urban areas.  Working outdoors increases your skin cancer risk by up to 10 times,” says Mr Holten. This is a warning for Victorian farmers and rural outdoor workers to remain vigilant about using sun protection.

“The higher rates of skin cancer in rural Victoria are concerning,” says Dr David Lester, who is also experienced in skin cancer detection and diagnosis.

“Using a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily that filters both UVA and UVB radiation needs to be a part of your skin care routine. There are a lot of skin care products on the market that have sunscreen included, but a stand-alone sunscreen is still recommended for optimal protection.”

“Whether you chose a cream, lotion, milk or gel is really personal preference.  Choose one that you find easily to apply and using a generous amount of sunscreen is the key.”

The average-sized adult needs a teaspoon of sunscreen for their head and neck, each limb and for the front and back of the body.

Apply your sunscreen 20 minutes before you go outside and remember, sunscreen is the last line of defence after clothing, a hat and sunglasses.

Skin cancer can spread fast, but the good news is it is much easier to treat if it is detected early.

Get to know your skin and check your skin regularly for changes, not just skin exposed to the sun.

An annual skin check with a doctor experienced in skin cancer detection and diagnosis is a must.

“Not all skin cancers start out as moles. It’s important to have a full body skin check, not just the areas that are regularly exposed to the sun,” says Dr Holten.

“A skin check is simple and easy and is just one of those things you need to do.”

At Australian Skin Face Body, you do not need a referral to see a GP experienced in skin cancer detection, diagnosis and treatment.

For more information and to book a skin check contact your closest Australian Skin Face Body, Medical Skin & Laser Clinic.


As appeared in the Warrnambool Standard and Wimmera Times, November 2017