After finding out 80% of sun damage occurs before the age of 18, I knew I had to start my research into protecting all of the family with sunscreens, particularly, the little ones. I roped in Tim Collins, SunSense(Ego Pharmaceuticals) Specialist Medical Rep to talk me through the basics of protecting all ages; he’s a fountain of knowledge when it comes to sun protection, as he’s worked in dermatology and pharmaceuticals for over ten years.
Some readers may know SunSense; they’re experts in the science of healthy skin and have been for the last 65 years; however, they’ve spent the last 30 years developing sunscreens in Australia – where it’s illegal to sell anything less than an SPF50, so you know we’re in good hands. Click here to watch the full episode, or scroll for the quick notes.
Our Topic: The Importance of SPF For The Family
#1 Avoid sun exposure if your baby is less than six months old.
Experts recommend children under six months shouldn’t be exposed to UV, so SunSense’s SPFs are suitable from the age of six months or over. It’s vital to keep babies covered up instead.
All SunSunse SPFs are also paediatrician approved. If your little one has super sensitive skin, choose the Sensitive skin option.
#2 It’s vital to apply sun protection at least 20 minutes before going outside.
Even on a cloudy day, UVA rays can still affect the skin. It’s best to apply SPF 20 minutes before going outside so the formula can adequately absorb into the skin, and stay put. Always reapply after 4 hours for maximum safety.
#3 Have fun with SPF by involving kids in the application.
For any wrigglers, try using a roll-on; you can give it to kids to apply themselves, as it’s less messy, and it can be fun!
#4 Apply more SPF than you think you should.
Always follow the teaspoon rule: one teaspoon of SPF per limb, back, chest and face = seven teaspoons for a full adult body.
#5 200ml of SPF should last a family of four one day in the sun.
For a seven day holiday, you’ll need 1.4 litres of SPF!
#6 SPF isn’t just for the beach.
You need to use SPF all year round to protect against UV rays.
#7 SPF50+ actually means SPF60.
For maximum protection, always look for a 50+.
#8 Don’t forget lips!
The lips are one of the thinnest areas of skin exposed to the sun, always use a lip balm with a high sun protection factor.
#9 SunSense products are broad-spectrum and water-resistant for up to 4-hours.
This means that you’re protected from both UVA and UVB rays – don’t forget to reapply after 2 hours for safety!
#10 SunSense Ultra is the best all-rounder for all of the family.
SunSense Ultra is formulated for very sensitive skin with minimal ingredients to avoid reactions. It’s suitable for babies over the age of 6 months and adults.
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