Living in Australia, we all know how important it is to protect ourselves from the sun. But just how much protection do you need? Which sunscreen is which? And how long is too long in the sun?sunscreen australia

Sun cream products sold in Australia are some of the most regulated in the world, but even these will let you down if you don’t know how to use them properly.

Experts say that most consumers apply sun cream incorrectly: we don’t put on enough, and we don’t do it regularly enough.

An adult should use at least 35ml to cover his or her body. That’s the equivalent of a shot of vodka!

You’ll need to reapply every 2 hours to get the full benefit, and more often is you are sweating or swimming.

If you don’t keep this up, you won’t be getting the full SPF factor. So if you bought SPF 50 then put half the amount on, you’ll be getting only half the SPF 50 protection.

Oh well, you might say, half of SPF 50 would still be SPF 25 right?

Wrong!

SPF 15 blocks 93% of the suns rays, for 15 times longer than your natural skin protection can. SPF 30 blocks 95%, and SPF 50 blocks 97%.

A lot of the damage done to your skin can actually happen when you’re wearing sunscreen and thinking you’re protected, but haven’t applied properly. If you’re feeling smug because you’re everyday moisturizer has SPF 15  in it, it might be time to reconsider, unless you’re reapplying every 2 hours!sunsafe sydney

So don’t skimp on applying, and make sure your product has UVA and UVB protection.

Is that all?

Since even the strongest of sun cream can’t give you 100% protection, even when put on properly, you really need a multi pronged strategy. That means covering up with clothes, hats, and hiding out in the shade.

In fact, you really should think of sun cream as just a little helping hand to block the last of the rays that hit you between the gaps of your clothes, and bounced off the ground to hit you from underneath that stylish wide brimmed hat – just as you run for cover in the shade!

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