5 Sun Smart Facts to keep you burn free
Sunscreen, it’s a daily part of life here in North Queensland, but knowing just how it works can help you choose what’s best for you, get the most of out of what you buy, and seem like a minor genius around the water cooler.
So test yourself on these hot facts, and soak up your favourites.
1 -There are two main types of Sunscreen Ingredients.
They’re broken down into “Absorbers”, which absorb UV, and “Reflectors”, which scatter that UV away from your skin.
2- SPF – Sun Protection Factor.
The SPF number on sunscreen actually reflects the amount of time it will take for skin to burn, when wearing the cream. So SPF 30, will give you 30 times the amount of sun time, compared to wearing nothing at all. So if it takes you 10 minutes to burn, and you put on SPF 30, that’s 300 minutes of sun safety. Now this is all worked out in lab conditions and doesn’t take into account the cream wearing off with surf or sweat, so be sure to reapply often.
3- Broad Spectrum
There are two types of dangerous UV rays, they are “UVA” and “UVB”.
Broad Spectrum means it protects against both kinds, which is pretty important, because both can contribute to increased risks of skin cancer.
4- Sunscreen Times
To get the most out of our sunscreen, you want it fully applied and rubbed in about 20 minutes before you actually get in the sun. It’s also important to make sure it’s fully on and dry before you go swimming. It’s still a good idea to reapply after sweaty exercise or a quick dip.
5- Is Sunscreen Enough?
Ok this is an easy one, but we couldn’t write an article about “Slop” without mentioning our good friends “Slip and Slap”. Yep, Sunscreen is magical and sciencey, but to be really sun-smart remember to add a hat and shirt to your sun protection combo, and the most effective protection of all, is to take advantage of shade, especially when UV levels are at their highest.