The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation is both a major cause of skin cancer and the best natural source of vitamin D. In Victoria, it is important to take a balanced approach to sun exposure which helps with vitamin D levels, while minimising the risk of skin cancer with appropriate sun protection measures. For winter sports its important information to pass onto members.
From May to August (when UV levels generally fall below 3) Victorians with fair to olive skin need to actively seek two to three hours of midday winter sun exposure spread over each week. At these times, sun protection is not required unless near highly reflective surfaces such as snow.
Download Sunsmart information sheet below for detailed advice on sun protection during the winter period and the benefits of Vitamin D intake.
UV & Vitamin D Factsheet