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It’s in our nature as Australians to soak up lots of Vitamin D during the summer months however many of us can get carried away trying to achieve golden, glowing-looking skin. While absorbing the sunshine is as quintessentially Australian as hitting the beach or hosting a backyard barbecue, it’s important that we focus on enjoying summer safely.

In Australia, the risk of getting burnt it dangerously high; in fact, we have one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, with Cancer Council estimating that 2 in every 3 Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they’re seventy. 95 percent of these will be caused by exposure to the sun. In light of these statistics, it’s more important than ever to ensure we’re spending time in the sun in the safest way possible.

Here are three ways to get the most out of summer, without harm:

Cover Up

While it can seem silly in the warmer weather, it’s very important to wear protective clothing when you’re spending lots of time in the sun. Whether it be a loose-fitting, long-sleeve shirt or even just a kimono over your swimsuit, it’s best to keep your skin from direct exposure to sunlight.

Enjoying the warm summer days under shade is also a good option. Why sit directly in the heat when you have a stylish verandah to cool down under? Between 11 am and 3pm when the UV is at its highest, your verandah is your friend and it’ll allow you to make the most of your summer days. Whether you opt for a Stratco Outback Patio or a fully-adjustable, automatic sunroof, you’ll have somewhere safe and stylish to sit during the warmer months.

Use Sunscreen

Whether you’re preparing for a hike or simply watering the plants, it’s crucial that you use sunscreen throughout summer to protect your skin. Ideally, opt for a sunscreen with an SPF rating of at least 50, as this will offer you a 98% UVB protection against radiation. You should also select a broad-spectrum sunscreen that is water-resistant, just in case you decide to cool off with a swim.

It’s also essential that you reapply your sunscreen every two hours. While we tend to get caught up running up and down the beach or swimming in the pool, it’s cricual to your health and wellbeing, so set a reminder on your phone if you have to.

Look After Your Health

In the absence of a stylish patio, make sure you wear a hat that provides maximum protection from the sun. A broadbrimmed hat will keep the sun out of your eyes, while also keeping your face looking young and bright for many years.

It’s also important to stay hydrated. On average, we lose about 2.5 litres of water every day so we must remember to replenish our bodies. Naturally, the hotter it is, the more water our body requires. People sometimes don’t take this seriously enough, however, a lack of fluids, combined with over-exposure to the sun, can cause an array of heat-related health issues.


To raise awareness around the importance of being sun smart, we are currently working with Stratco and Cancer Council to support National Patio Day. This exciting event will take place on the first Saturday of summer, December 5. By registering to host your own backyard event under your verandah or patio, you’ll receive a host kit, which includes everything you need to hold a true Australian celebration.

If you’d like to host an event, you can register here. If you’re looking to build a verandah or patio to enjoy your summer under, get in touch with the friendly team at Innovative Verandahs today!

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