As the summer holidays swing around once again, Australians break out the barbie, sunglasses and shorts in preparation to long, hot days under the sun. If you're lucky enough to own Surfers Paradise property, you'll no doubt be planning on spending some glorious days down at the beach.
Here, the average temperature high sits at about 28 degrees throughout summer and the sun only goes down around 7 p.m., meaning there is plenty of time to cash in on long daylight hours outdoors. However, whether you're strolling along the golden sands or packing your golf clubs for a day on the green, one of the most vital factors for a pleasant summer is the sun protection factor, or SPF.
Even if you think you don't burn, or are just going to be outdoors for an hour, it is crucial that you take steps to protect your skin while you are out and about in Surfers Paradise.
Here we look at why it is important to cover up from the sun this summer.
It's no secret that as a nation, Australia is a hot place. As a result of our potent sun, however, we also have to be highly vigilant of the effects of ultraviolet radiation (UVR). Fortunately, while humidity can be high on the Gold Coast over summer, cool sea breezes can help to take the edge off. However, don't be fooled by the wind – the effects of UV radiation are still present, even if we don't feel overly hot.
There are two main types of UV rays you should know about:
UVA – Making up 95 per cent of UVR that reaches the Earth's atmosphere, UVA is largely responsible for the 'tanning effect', according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). However, it is also known to trigger signs of ageing and could potentially play a role in skin cancer development.
UVB – Penetrating the outer layers of our skin, UVB rays have a shorter wavelength and are mainly responsible for the reddening effect of sunburn, as explained by the Skin Cancer Foundation. It is also the chief perpetrator when it comes to melanomas – the fourth most diagnosed cancer in Australia, according to the Cancer Council.
Just because the sun is out, doesn't mean you should avoid it completely. Opt for a sunscreen that is broad spectrum, as this will help to defend against both types of UV rays. In addition, if you're planning on sauntering down from your Main Beach real estate to take a dip in the ocean, you should wear a formula that is also water resistant.
When it comes to choosing the best SPF, SunSmart recommends using a sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 30, which will filter out 96.7 per cent of UV rays. SPF 50 is even better, filtering out 98 per cent. The more you are exposed to UVR, the worse sun burn will become, with some fair-skinned people starting to burn in just 11 minutes.
Other ways to avoid the burn this summer include seeking shade, especially in the hours around midday when the sun is at its peak. Grabbing a hat before you head out the door to Cavill Mall is another good idea, as well as bringing along a cover-up such as a loose shirt.
By following these guidelines, as well as those laid out by SunSmart, you can look forward to a safe and happy summer on the Gold Coast. If you've been thinking about relocating this summer, get in touch with the experienced team at Ray White Surfers Paradise.