Friday, October 23rd, 2009 - According to Australian sunscreen manufacturer Hamilton Laboratories, the months leading into summer can be one of the most dangerous periods.
The sun is back and with it the dangers of skin cancer.

According to Australian sunscreen manufacturer Hamilton Laboratories, the months leading into summer can be one of the most dangerous periods.

“When the sun starts coming out for the first time, most people are not yet in a sun protection frame of mind and get caught out,” Hamilton Laboratories Director of Scientific Affairs Dr Graham Aldous said.

“It is also a time when their skin will be at its most susceptible.

“Unfortunately many Australians will unknowingly use the first rays of sun to suffer premature skin ageing, sunburn and risk skin cancer.

“I’m sure if you asked the majority of people at the beach or sporting events in the spring months they would not be wearing adequate sunscreen or any at all.

“For many, the idea of getting a spring tan can very quickly turn into the spring burn with potentially fatal results.

“Late spring can be a time of irreparable sun damage.

“The upcoming weeks can be even more dangerous than summer itself as people don’t protect themselves, falsely believing they can’t get burnt.

“It’s a complete myth that you only burn when it’s over 30 degrees.

“After a long wet winter, it’s easy to forget how powerful the sun is and the risk of skin cancer.”

Dr Aldous said it wasn’t just sun-loving beachgoers at risk.

“Almost half of all outdoor workers don’t protect their skin from the sun, despite being aware of the dangers of sun damage,” he said.

“It’s also important to remember you can still get burnt on a cloudy day.

“UV radiation levels are highest under cloudless skies, but even with cloud cover, they can still be high.

“High protection sunscreen should be used year round to help maintain healthy, youthful looking skin.

“While it doesn’t seem like as much of a risk during colder months, accumulative UV exposure from normal day to day activities is a key culprit behind wrinkles and skin ageing.

“Whether you’re in the car, picking the kids up from school, doing the shopping or taking the dog for a walk, you are exposed to the sun’s damaging rays.

“While this may seem insignificant, it can have a huge impact on your skin over time so it is important to properly protect yourself.”

Hamilton Laboratories is currently in full production of its range of sunscreen products as pharmacies stock up ahead of a forecast long hot summer.

“Sunscreens only form one part of the entire sun protection regimen,” Dr Aldous said.

“There are a number of steps involved in sun protection and they each play a valuable role in providing maximum UV protection.

“Always avoid excessive exposure to the sun and try not to go out during the peak periods of the day.

“Wear protective clothing such as a long sleeved shirt, wide brimmed hat, UV filtering sunglasses, seek shade where possible and wear a good quality SPF30+ broad spectrum sunscreen such as Hamilton Sunscreen.”

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According to Australian sunscreen manufacturer Hamilton Laboratories, the months leading into summer can be one of the most dangerous periods.


Hamilton Laboratories, based in Adelaide South Australia, researches, develops and markets a wide range of over-the-counter (OTC) health care brands and pharmaceutical preparations.

Hamilton developed one of the world's first commercial sunscreens in the 1930's and continues to be a leading sunscreen brand to this day.

Hamilton also sells a wide range of OTC products including:

Skin care
Oral care
Lip care
Nasal care
Hamilton is available at you nearest pharmacy, believing they provide the superior customer support which is essential in choosing the correct product for your needs.

The majority of our products are manufactured at our GMP facility in South Australia.

After 75 years Hamilton is still a family owned and operated Australian business.



Hamilton - available at your nearest pharmacy
Dr Graham Aldous
P: 08 8223 2957
M: 0410 390 980
W: www.hamiltonlabs.com.au

Ben Hooper

P: 08 8224 3535
M: 0419 823 098

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