Back story. Two weeks ago, I was on my way to netball to stand in the full sun. Yes, I had a hat and sunnies on, however the sun’s rays always find a way to slap me. Driving, reflections etc.
So, on this particular day I didn’t have my sunscreen and I had only had access to a chemical face sunscreen that came in a cute little bottle. I flinched as I put it on. The smell was hideous and toxic smelling however it was the only sunscreen available to me. It was a 50+ and within 15 mins I said to my daughter my face felt burnt! Not sunburnt but chemical burnt. I don’t even have sensitive skin!
I couldn’t wait to get home and wash my face. My skin was irritated, sore and tight for a couple of days
Step 3. I use our all Natural Rose Hip Sunscreen which in itself is a beautiful moisturiser. It contains Shea Butter, Jojoba Seed Oil, Vitamin E, Green Tea, Rose Hip and of course natural zinc which creates a physical barrier between your skin and the suns damaging rays.
It’s possible to source sun protection that only uses all natural sunscreen ingredients! Prepare now to protect your skin from our harsh Aussie sun.
What you put ON your skin is just as important as what you put IN it. With so many sunscreens to choose from, and so many containing toxic chemicals, choosing the right one can be confusing.
Firstly, let’s discuss what exactly you are protecting yourself from in the first place?
Solar Ultraviolet radiation (UVR) is invisible energy produced by the sun and made up of UVA, UVB and UVC. Most UVC is absorbed by the Ozone Layer as it hits. Unfortunately both UVA and UVB can penetrate that layer to reach the earth’s surface and damage human skin. Sunburn or even a suntan is a clear sign that your skin has been harmed by UVR! Every time this damage occurs will increase your risk of developing skin cancer.
I can’t begin to stress to you how important sun safety and protection is in Australia…
According to Sun Smart, Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. In fact, 2 in 3 Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70. I’m hoping these statistics help you understand just how important sun safety, skin checks and sunscreen is!
However, through my experience I have found sunscreen to be one of the most difficult products on the market. In my opinion, I think it’s because we expect it to do too much in protecting our skin against the great fire ball!
If the rising temperatures and humidity is enough indication, I think it’s safe to say Summer is on the way. For all of us as Eco Tan HQ, this means days by the beach, cold drinks and lots of time in the pool. While we’re all excited to be out in the warm weather, it can be sobering to remember that Australia has the highest rate of melanoma in the world. It’s incredibly pertinent that we follow a summer sun safety routine, review the warning signs of melanoma, how to check for them, and to check a mates back!
Checking your skin regularly for any new spots or changes in existing spots is crucial. Catching a melanoma early can be the difference between clear health or skin cancer.
Skin cancer is one of those cancers we sometimes tend to think “well we can just get it burned off. We’ll be right.” It’s really only the last generation that we really have taken sun protection seriously. We cover our kids with creams, no hats no policy in schools and so forth. A child of the seventies and eighties it was a different story. We covered ourselves with reef oil and I remembered always being in a competition with my girlfriends who could get the darkest tan. The funny thing is, my sister Rachel, never sun baked and was diagnosed with a melanoma skin cancer at age 30. She grew up in the northern rivers area which boasts the highest rate of melanoma skin cancer in Australia.
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.
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.
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