Slip! Slop! Slap! The Australian Secret to Sun Protection


Summer is long gone on the east coast, and while it’s rare to see sun protection tips during the cooler months, we at Mario Badescu know the importance of keeping your face and body protected ALL year long. Did you know the Sun Safety Alliance reports that snow can reflect 85% to 90% of the sun’s damaging UV rays?

While researching beauty customs from around the world, I fell in love with this simple guide to sun protection from our friends down under. As one of the most successful health campaigns in Australian history, launched by Cancer Council Australia in the 1980s, Slip! Slop! Slap! Seek! Slide! (that’s a mouthful!) teaches us that, while still very important, there’s more to sun protection than sunscreen alone.

Now, without further ado, the meaning behind the catchy alliteration:

  • Slip on clothing to keep your body protected from the harmful rays of the sun.
  • Slop on sunscreen to all exposed areas of the body, except the mouth and eyes.
  • Slap on a hat to keep your scalp, neck and the top of your head protected.
  • Seek the shade between 10 am and 4pm when the sun is at its strongest.
  • Slide on protective eyewear to save your peepers from the sun’s powerful rays!

There you have it. The five golden rules to full sun protection! Here is an adorable video that drives home the concept. Remember to reapply sunscreen every two hours or sooner if swimming. Share these tips with friends and family to keep everyone safe!

What are your sun protection secrets? Can you come up with a catchy alliteration for these steps?

Author: Sara Kosmyna

I'm a freelance writer, makeup artist and brow expert with nearly ten years of professional experience in the beauty industry. Eating healthy, trying new beauty products and writing personal essays are a few of my favorite things. I can usually be found roaming the magazine aisles of bookstores or sitting at the café compulsively shopping online for shoes, books, clothes, and makeup. If I went to the gym as often as I talked about wanting to start exercising, I would have a 12-pack by now. I believe that having a good skincare regimen and expertly groomed eyebrows are two cornerstones to being naturally beautiful.


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