Be SunSmart

Slip, Slop, Slap and Wrap. Protect your skin and eyes from the sun's damaging rays (UV radiation).

Learn how to be SunSmart

Protect yourself when you're outside from September to April, especially between 10 am - 4 pm

Protect yourself all year round when you are:

  • in the mountains
  • on the water
  • around reflective surfaces like snow, ice, concrete and sand
  • or have a health condition (such as an autoimmune disease, organ transplant recipients), or taking medicines (such as antibiotics) that make you sensitive to the sun. 

Slip on clothing

Slip on clothing that covers as much skin as possible, such as a top with a collar and long sleeves, trousers, or long shorts or skirts. Fabrics with a tighter weave and darker colours will give you better protection from the sun.

Slip into shade

Slip into the shade of a leafy tree, building or shade sail. Plan your outdoor activities for early or later in the day when the sun's UV levels are lower.

Slop on sunscreen

Slop on plenty of broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen of at least SPF 30. An average-sized adult needs a teaspoon of sunscreen for their head and neck, each limb and for the front and the back of the body. Apply 20 minutes before going outside and reapply every two hours, or after being in water or sweating.

Slap on a hat

Wear a hat with a wide brim or with flaps covering the ears and neck. More people are sunburnt on the face and neck than any other part of the body.

Wrap on sunglasses

Choose close fitting, wrap around style sunglasses. Not all sunglasses protect against UV radiation, so always check the label for the sun protection rating.

Read the New Zealand Association of Optometrists (NZAO) information on sunglasses