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Sun-smart behaviour

Always avoid getting sunburned

Minimise direct exposure to the sun when the UV index is 3 or higher using physical sun protection

This is particularly important during the peak New Zealand UV periods – between 10 am and 4 pm during daylight savings months.

Use sunscreen as well as your physical sun-protection measures

To correctly apply sunscreen

For babies less than 6 months old

Be aware of the risk associated with exposure to tanning booths and sunbeds

Note: Brief sun exposure is needed to maintain vitamin D levels. Unless you have sun-damaged skin or a history of skin cancer, outside activity such as a daily walk is recommended (around noon from May to August, before 10 am or after 4 pm from September to April). Read the Ministry of Health's information and consensus statement on sun exposure and vitamin D.

Written by New Zealand Guidelines Group and Australian Cancer Network. Adapted by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Reviewed February 2014.


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