Sun Protection 

New Zealand has one of the strongest UV radiation in the world because of our close

proximity to the Ozone layer and of course the increase in the global greenhouse gases so

protection is essential and required to stop sunburns which can lead to skin damage and eye

damage and skin cancer.

According to the NZ government website approximately 39% of NZ population

get skin cancer per year which is the highest in the world compared to USA which is only 16%

and the UK on 12%.

What is UV radiation?

UV stands for Ultraviolet radiation which is a major risk factor for most skin cancers.


How UV rays damage skin?

UV rays damages skin cells and affects skin growth

There 3 main types of UV rays:




UA-A and UV-B are the most dangerous form of sunrays coming through our atmosphere, UV-C do

not get through to earth so are not a cause of skin cancer.


What is Melanoma?

Melanoma is the most common type of skin cancer, 90% of Melanoma skin cancer are caused by

UV exposures.


Being Sunsmart

1. Using sunscreen

80% of UV radiation still gets through on a cloudy day so using sunscreen is important.

Any broad spectrum sunscreen can be used for sun protection but they should have a sun

protection factor(SPF) of 30+ or more. Of course there are quality sunscreens which are better suited to your skin and for family use which Pharmacy Onweb stocks at good prices to


Top sunscreens which Pharmacy Onweb sells

 Daylong SPF 50+ is a popular and top sunscreen for the family, 8 hours protection for 1

application but re-apply if you are swimming or playing sports

Sunsense is a name synonymous with sun protection because it has been the main stay of NZ sunscreen for the past 20 years, quality and reliability.


Safesea Jellyfish Sunscreen SPF 30+, Pharmacy Onweb is one of a very few pharmacy to sell

this sunscreen which offers water resistant and protects you from Jellyfish infested sea

water. A great product if you plan to be in the water a lot this summer


2. Cover up

Wearing a hat, long sleeve shirt and sunglasses as well as sunscreen will go along way to

protect you from the harmful effects of the suns UV radiation.

3. Check the Sun protection Alert

With the age of technology, just tap on your smartphone or mobile devices and go to this

website to tell you when you need to protect your skin, 


Directions for applying sunscreen:

The rule of thumb is don't be stingy.

  • Apply the equivalent of 7 teaspoons of sunscreen every 2 hours to be adequately protected,
  • ·more often if you are swimming
  • check your sunscreen's label to confirm it hasn't past its use-by date (expired).
  • apply your sunscreen 20 minutes before going outdoors.
  • reapply your sunscreen every two hours, as well as after swimming or sweating (even if your
  • sunscreen says it’s waterproof and good for four hours).
  • don’t think sunscreen means you can stay out in the sun for longer – a sunscreen's purpose
  • is to decrease exposure to UV radiation not to increase the amount of time you spend in the sun.
  • store your sunscreen according to the label's instructions.