Sun Protection Facts to keep your skin safe this summer
With our Aussie summer in full swing and temperatures rising around the country over January, we thought we would share some simple sun protection facts to help you take care of your skin and avoid unnecessary damage.
Sun Protection Fact #1
It’s important to remember that sun damage or sunburn to your skin happens even on cloudy days, with up to 80% of UV rays able to penetrate light cloud cover. So always make sure that you cover up and use a good, natural sunscreen and cover up, even if the sun isn’t out.
Sun Protection Fact #2
SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. It’s all about protecting you from the burn caused by UVB’s (Ultra Violet B Rays). The Cancer Council website specifies that SPF50+ offers only marginally better protection from Ultra Violet B (UVB) radiation than SPF30 or SPF30+. SPF50+ filters out 98% of UVB radiation compared to 96.7% blocked by SPF30. A difference of 1.3%. They recommend that whether using SPF30, SPF30+ or SPF50+, application is the key. Apply sunscreen liberally – at least a teaspoon for each limb, front and back of the body, and half a teaspoon for the face, neck and ears. Most people apply less than half this amount, which means they get far less protection than the SPF as stated on the bottle. For more info on SPF, please visit http://www.cancer.org.au/preventing-cancer/sun-protection/preventing-skin-cancer/spf50sunscreen.html
Sun Protection Fact #3
The ‘Time to Burn’ without sunscreen” is different for each person and is not a universal measure. Sunburn can occur in as little as 15 minutes. There are many factors that come into play, such as skin type, UV rating on the day, wind, clouds, reflections from water, sand and snow that can affect how quickly you can receive a sunburn.
Sun Protection Fact #4
UVA’s are slow assassins. These rays don’t make you burn, but they reach deep into the dermis of skin and can cause long term damage to cells and immune system. Broad spectrum sunscreens contain ingredients that hinder both UVA and UVB rays.
Sun Protection Fact #5
It’s much more important to constantly reapply sunscreen (every 2 hours), rather than buy one with greater SPF. You should use at least a teaspoon for each arm and leg, front and back of the body, and half a teaspoon each for the face, neck and ears.
Sun Protection Fact #6
Ultraviolet radiation is reflected off sand, water and snow, intensifying exposure even if you are protected by an umbrella from above.
Sun Protection Fact #7
Ordinary clothing provides good protection when dry (particularly dark colours with a tight weave), but offers reduced protection when wet or old and stretched. If swimming, look for rash vests, caps and swimwear with a UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) rating of 25+ to 50+.
Sun Protection Fact #8
Using a sunscreen with added healing elements such as Vitamin E, Organic Green Tea, Cucumber and Rosehip extract can help hydrate skin affected by sun stress.
Sun Protection Fact #9
Sun exposure in the first 10 years of life partly determines your lifetime potential for skin cancer, while sun exposure in later life determines how much this potential is realised. Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world affecting up to 2 in 3 people by the age of 70.
Sun Protection Fact #10
Babies have such delicate skin that is very easily damaged by the sun. Babies under 12 months should not spend time in direct sunlight and sunscreens are not recommended before 6 months of age. Keep babies out of the sun and remember to ‘slip, slop, slap, seek and slide’.
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Check out our quick guide below for what makes our natural mineral based sunscreen different to those that use chemical UV absorbers and preservatives…