28 Jan Are sunscreen and insect repellent on your back-to-school ‘to-do’ list?
As the new school year kicks off in Australia, parents are bustling to check off their back-to-school shopping lists.
Amidst the frenzy of uniforms and books, two crucial items often slip through the cracks: sunscreen and insect repellent.
Australia boasts stunning weather, but it also bears one of the world’s highest rates of skin cancer. Nearly 2000 Australians succumb to this largely preventable disease each year. Yet, with simple SunSmart habits, we can significantly reduce this risk. The Cancer Council advises applying sunscreen daily when the UV Index hits 3 or above, using at least one teaspoon per limb and reapplying every two hours, especially after swimming or sweating.
But it’s not just the sun we need to shield our children from. Mosquitoes lurk, ready to spoil outdoor fun and potentially spread illnesses like Ross River virus and Barmah Forest virus. Good Riddance, a natural insect repellent that offers up to four hours of protection, backed by clinical testing. Unlike typical repellents, Good Riddance blends aromatherapy for a subtle fragrance, making it a hit even with the most discerning noses. Plus, with a sensitive formula safe for babies under 12 months, it’s a must-have for every parent’s back-to-school arsenal.
With these essentials in hand, let’s ensure our kids step into the new school year protected and prepared for whatever the Aussie elements may bring.
Download the Cancer Council’s 10-myths-about-sun-protection
Cancer Council launched the National SunSmart Schools program in 1998. Today it is offered to all primary schools nationwide, and is also offered to K-10/12, secondary and special schools in some states.
Main Image: Elyssa 6 and Matilda 9 apply Good Riddance before school.