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Five Ways to Make Post-Lockdown Picnics Sun Safe

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Published October 7th 2021
Shop for the whole family at the new Journey of Hope range
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Images - Cancer Council NSW

With lockdown restrictions easing this October, families across NSW are bound to be planning outdoor picnics and get-togethers. Cancer Council NSW are sharing their sun safe post-lockdown picnic guide to protect everyone from harmful UV rays. Irreversible damage on unprotected skin is the last thing you need as the weather heats up - the type that can cause skin cancer. Take heed of the following five tips.

Pack a sun safe picnic bag that includes plenty of sunscreen, sunnies, and spare sun safe hats. The Cancer Council has a range of sunscreens at their online shop. Their Active range is particularly popular as it's especially light and non-greasy on the skin. Find the products here.
Out in the open sun at the beach, you'll need a little more than sunscreen and sunnies. Check out Cancer Council's NEW Journey of Hope range, a limited edition swimwear collection that features artwork by Indigenous artist, Riki Salam. The UPF 50 plus range has pieces like Rashies, Swim Jackets, Paddle Suits and Swim zip suits; something for the whole family. Plus it promotes awareness about how cancer impacts Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Nearly all skin cancers can be prevented when we make sun protection a habit.

Stay hydrated and cool. Remember, UV from the sun can still do damage on cool and cloudy days, so be sure to stay hydrated. Add fresh fruit or citrus to your water to add flavour and make it extra refreshing.
Find a spot under a tree or take a beach umbrella. Having your Covid-safe picnic in the shade will protect you from the sun and keep you cool.
Download the SunSmart app for UV reminders, tips, and sunscreen advice. Perhaps looking at the SunSmart app every morning before you head out could be an everyday routine. It gives you the recommended sun protection times in your local area. During spring UV levels are high most of the day, and the best way to protect our skin from the harsh UV rays is to use as many forms of sun protection as possible.

Remember the old advert - slip, slop slap? Slip on a shirt, slop on some sunscreen and slap on a hat. On that note, did you know that the Cancer Council also stocks a range of gorgeous sun hats? Check it out HERE. In fact, they have sunglasses, swimwear, and shades, on top of the aforementioned sunscreens and the NEW Journey of Hope products.

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The Journey of Hope begins at the centre of the artwork, at the ceremony circle, the yarning circle. At the same time, the 'U' shaped symbols represent people seated around a campfire, and the daffodil shape represents Cancer Council. The pathways that lead into the circle are the roads that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people travel along from all different regions across Australia from urban to regional, rural and remote communities on their Journey of Hope to find the best possible cancer treatment.

The dots represent people and their families who travel with them, and the circles below represent woven baskets held by the community to support all people suffering. The daffodil radiates hope for all affected by cancer, both young and old, and their family and friends.

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