Forces of Change
To get the full protection of your sunscreen, you need to apply one whole ounce to the exposed areas of your body.

Slip, Slap, Slop

Is there such a thing as a safe tan? Seen with an ultraviolet camera, the skin of this 19-year-old shows blotches caused by sun exposure. Sun damage accumulates. Once burned, skin becomes more susceptible to burning and to the genetic changes that lead to cancer. The more that skin tans, the more rapidly it looks weathered and leathery. Sunscreen should protect you from both UVA and UVB, because there’s no such thing as a safe tan.

Low latitudes, clear skies, fair-skinned people, and closeness to the Antarctic ozone hole give Australia the highest rate of skin cancer in the world. Public health authorities there developed the Slip, Slop, Slap campaign to encourage people to protect themselves from sun exposure.

Slip on a shirt, Slop on sunscreen, Slap on a hat
Aging Poster
Proof that a Tan Never Fades
A special ultraviolet camera makes it possible to see the underlying skin damage done by the sun. And since one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime, what better reason to always use sunscreen, wear protective clothing, and use common sense.
Poster © American Academy of Dermatology