Summer Guide for Sun Safety!

Summer is around the corner, so here is our sun safety guide for a safe summer. Find out the cause of damage to your skin and what you can do to prevent it.

Eco Tan’s Sun Safety Guide for a Safe Summer

With the summer at its peak in the Northern Hemisphere and on the horizon for us down under, we can all agree we are looking forward to warm days spent having fun in the sun at the beach or the park making the most of the beautiful weather. However, it is critical during summer more than ever to remember to protect your skin from the damaging impacts the sun can have. Here are our sun safety tips.

Baby Sunscreen

As you may know Eco Tan & Eco By Sonya Driver were pioneered after Sonya Driver’s sister was diagnosed with a melanoma at only 30 years of age & Sonya wanted a safe sunless tanning alternative. Sun safety is at the very heart of what we do here at Eco Tan and what we try to achieve every day.

We’ve put together these tips and tricks in our Sun Safety Guide to debunk some sunscreen and sun safety myths to make sure you are informed and have a complete sun safety regime so you can enjoy this summer without a worry!

Eco Tan’s Complete Sun Safety Guide

Coconut Sunscreen

  • Using our Natural Coconut Sunscreen will create a physical barrier on your skin to help protect from the damaging impacts of the sun
  • Apply a liberal amount of sunscreen evenly over entire body including face at least 20 minutes prior to sun exposure
  • Use at least 7grams of sunscreen per limb including face and neck.
  • Remember that no sunscreen in the world provides 100% protection from the sun – it is one step in your sun safety regime
  • Do not expose your skin to the sun for extended periods of time
  • Always seek shade where possible
  • Wear protective clothing such as sunglasses, hat and clothing that covers skin
  • REAPPLY sunscreen every 1-2 hours especially if you have been swimming, sweating or towel dried your body
  • Remember that the level of protection of SPF is impacted by various factors including the level of UV rays, the individuals skin type and how effectively sunscreen has been applied. The Cancer Council states that most people do not apply enough sunscreen resulting in only 50-80% of the protection stated on the product.
Chemical Barrier Sunscreen
Physical Barrier Sunscreen
  • Absorbed into bloodstream
  • Neutralise UV rays from sun by absorbing them
  • May trap heat into skin
  • May irritate sensitive skin
  • Some chemicals found in chemical barrier sunscreens have been linked cancers & hormone disruption
  • Many chemical sunscreens are photo unstable meaning it may breakdown or destabilise when exposed to light
  • May be quick to absorb into skin and bloodstream
  • Uses synthetics & chemicals to protect from UVA & UVB rays
  • Sits on surface of skin without absorbing into bloodstream
  • Reduces level of UV rays reaching your skin by block and deflecting
  • Keeps heat out of skin
  • Recommended for sensitive skin
  • Photostable meaning it won’t break down when exposed to light
  • Due to thicker texture may require thorough rubbing in to ensure even application
  • Uses natural mineral Zinc to deflect & protect from both UVA & UVB rays
What are UV rays?
  • UVA rays have an ageing impact upon skin whilst UVB result it burning of skin therefore a sunscreen that protects from both is essential.
  • UVB impacts surface of skin whilst UVA penetrates deeper into skin
  • Use a sunscreen that is broad spectrum meaning it protects from both UVA & UVB rays
SPF 30+ vs SPF 50+
  • Many people overestimate the protection capabilities of SPF 50+ and assume they are able to stay in the sun longer without the need to reapply
  • SPF 50+ provides only marginally more protection from UVB rays than SPF 30+ (96.7% vs 98%) as stated by the Cancer Council
  • All sunscreens must be applied liberally it has been found that most people do not apply enough resulting in less effective sun protection stated on the product
  • All sunscreens must be reapplied every 1-2 hours especially if you have been swimming, sweating or towel dried your body

Sun Safety Tip

Common Causes of Sunscreen not working that we all encounter:
  • It is very common for us to apply unevenly or possibly missing a patch of skin which may result in the sunscreen being less effective
  • Not applying enough sunscreen to each and every limb or body part – including face
  • Forgeting to reapply frequently enough with enough sunscreen
  • Failing to reapply after swimming, towel drying or excessive sweating
  • Relying solely on sunscreen for sun protection
  • Not using a broad spectrum sunscreen that protects from both UVA & UVB rays
  • Extensive periods of time spent in sun
  • Not having a complete sun safety regime including
    • Protective sunglasses
    • Hat
    • Clothing
    • Avoiding prolonged sun exposure
    • Using sunscreen
REMEMBER:
  1. Apply a liberal amount of sunscreen to entire body including face – at least 7grams per limb
  2. Reapply every 1-2 hours especially if you have been sweating, swimming or towel dried skin
  3. Wear a protective hat, sunglasses and clothing to cover skin
  4. Avoid prolonged exposure to sun
  5. Seek shade wherever possible
  6. Look back to our Sun Safety Guide for reminders!

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