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Updated 11 November 2016

Get the best from your sunscreen

Always use a sunscreen that protects your skin against UV-A and UV-B rays.

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Always use a sunscreen that protects your skin against UV-A and UV-B rays. The ingredients in sunscreen absorb ultraviolet radiation by forming a barrier on the skin’s surface. Energy from sunlight is converted to heat, and is dissipated harmlessly.

Take action: Sunscreens work best if they're used properly: shake the bottle before using it; rub it in well to ensure even coverage; when applying to your face, rub into hands, then apply to the face; wait ten minutes before having a swim, or it’ll just wash off; and reapply after swimming, drying off with a towel or sweating.

 
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