Aussie app enables sensible and safe sunning

26 Nov 2010

While we prepare for the big chill and investment in durable winter woolies soars, the other side of the world, Australia, will enjoy a feast of sunshine during our winter – something a new iPhone app aims to help Australia residents enjoy safely.

The first-ever SunSmart iPhone app was launched this week and it will provide users with weather forecasts for any Australian location, adjustable reminder functions to apply sunscreen, as well as information about ultra-violet rays (UV) exposure risks and protective measures.

Australia has one of the highest skin cancer rates in the world and overexposure to UV rays is the main cause of skin and eye damage. SunSmart, which promotes a balance between the benefits and harms of UV radiation, says the app takes the guess work out of protecting yourself against the sun’s harmful rays.

UV radiation protection

SunSmart manager Sue Heward said, “We have developed the app to provide people right across Australia with free, easy-to-access information about ultraviolet (UV) radiation levels, making it easier than ever for everyone to build sun protection into their daily routines.

“While lots of people love the outdoors, the UV levels are likely to reach extreme levels over the next few months, so people need to know when to use sun protection.”

The SunSmart app is available to download for free from the iTunes App Store.