Myth: "I need lots of sun to get Vitamin
We all need Vitamin D for good health and the main source for Australians is the sun. However, the vast majority of us will get all the Vitamin D we need, not by tanning but just going about our normal daily activities while still protecting our skin in the five ways below.
Protect your skin in five ways
Myth: "Sunscreen's all I need"
The use of sunscreen is just one of the five skin protection measures you should use every day. Look on it as an extra form of protection, not your primary sun protection measure and certainly not your only one:
For sunscreen to be effective it needs to be applied 20 minutes before going out into the sun. A generous amount of sunscreen is needed however many people don’t apply enough. As a guide, about a teaspoon (5ml) is required for each arm, leg, front of body, back of body and half a teaspoon for the face. The average sized adult needs about 7 teaspoons for their whole body (35ml). Remember to reapply sunscreen every two hours, whether or not the label says to do this. Sunscreen is easily wiped or washed off so reapplying is important. And check the expiry date; most sunscreens will last for two-to-three years.
There's a range of other websites you may also find useful.
World Health Organization: Sunbeds, tanning and UV exposure
World Health Organization: Solar ultraviolet radiation: Global burden of disease from solar UV radiation
Australasian College of Dermatologists: A-Z of skin: Sun protection