Guide to Sun Safety

Eco Tan and Eco By Sonya Driver were pioneered after Sonya Driver’s sister was diagnosed with a melanoma at only 30 years of age and 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 to de-bunk 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 Guide to a Complete Sun Safety Regime

  • Using our all Natural Sunscreens 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 only 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
  • RE-APPLY 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.

What are UV rays?

  • UVA rays have an ageing impact upon skin whilst UVB result in 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 and 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 a less effective sun protection than 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.

Common Causes of Sunscreen not Working

  • It is very common for us to apply unevenly, or possibly miss 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
  • Not reapplying frequently enough with enough sunscreen
  • Not reapplying 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 and UVB rays
  • Extensive periods of time spent in sun
  • Not having a complete sun safety regime that includes protective sunglasses, hat and clothing and avoiding prolonged sun exposure as well as using sunscreen.

REMEMBER

  1. Apply a liberal amount of sunscreen to entire body including face – at least 7 grams per limb
  2. Reapply every 1-2 hours, especially if you have been sweating, swimming or towel drying skin
  3. Wear a protective hat, sunglasses and clothing to cover skin
  4. Avoid prolonged exposure to sun
  5. Seek shade wherever possible.