It sure is summertime – the temperatures over the past few weeks have soared, and there is more of the same ahead. As you enjoy weekends at the beach and BBQs, holding onto the memory of ‘that holiday feeling’ (bring on Australia Day!)… how’s your skin holding up?

Did you get caught out over the holidays and got sunburnt even though you applied sunscreen?
Is your skin feeling a little tight or dehydrated?

With months of sunshine ahead and Easter holidays only just around the corner, it’s time to get sun ready by checking out our sunny Q n A!

Is there a difference between UVA and UVB?

Yes. There are three types of ultraviolet rays found in sunlight, but only two that we need to worry about as the third never reaches us, being absorbed by the ozone!

UVA – Ultraviolet A

These are long wave rays go deep into the skin’s dermis layer – the third skin layer beyond the skin surface and epidermis. Exposing your skin to UVA can lead to aging and increases your risk of skin cancer.

UVB – Ultraviolet B

These are short-wave rays that hit the surface of your skin. It’s the UVB rays that cause sunburn and over time, can cause more damage to your skin than the superficial redness associated with sun exposure.

Does double the SPF number give me double the protection?

No. The SPF (Sun Protection Factor) number refers to the amount of UVB rays that the sunscreen blocks. As the SPF number increases, so does the UVB protection, with SPF 50 blocking up to 99% of the sun’s UVB rays.

SPF RatingUVB Protection
SPF 1090%
SPF 1593%
SPF 3097%
SPF 5099%

Think of it this way, if you would normally burn after 10 minutes in the sun without any protection, using a SPF15 sunscreen will give you about 15 times longer in the sun before you will burn:

Unprotected skin = sunburn would occur within 10 minutes
Skin with SPF15 protection = sunburn would occur within 150 minutes

Remember, SPF numbers are not exact and your skin type may burn faster than others. If you are planning on spending a day in the sun, additional protection such as hats, shade and sunglasses are a must!

If I reapply sunscreen, am I covered for the same time again in the sun?

No. Reapplying your sunscreen is important, especially if you are sweating or in water. You should reapply your sunscreen every two hours, however you are simply replacing what has worn off. It doesn’t mean you get additional hours of sun protection – so keep an eye on the clock!

My make-up contains sunscreen, will this provide all day protection?

It depends. Foundations and moisturisers, which include sunscreen, are fantastic at providing protection during your everyday activities, like grabbing a sandwich at lunch. Also, using makeup with sunscreen means it is a normal part of your skincare routine, increasing the likelihood that you wear sun protection on a daily basis. As with all sunscreen, while it is good to use if you are in the sun for short periods, if you are spending more time in the sun you will need to reapply regularly. Your makeup application in the morning will not provide enough cover for long periods in the sun, so consider topping up during the day.

What is the difference between traditional sunscreen and natural/ mineral sunscreen?

Traditional sunscreen uses chemicals to absorb the UVA/UVB rays whereas natural sunscreen rely on active ingredients to reflect UVA/UVB rays, such as such as Zinc Oxide. For a natural and organic sun protection, try our Eminence Red Currant Protective Moisturiser with sunscreen or our Tomato Sun Cream SPF15+.

Aside from ingredients, the main difference is that natural/ mineral sunscreen is effective immediately upon application. Compared to the 30 minute wait time prior to sun exposure, recommended for traditional sunscreen.

Remember prevention of sun damage is better than repair, so be consistent in caring for your skin by using natural and organic products. Eminence Organics’ entire range of face, skin and body products are proudly paraben, sulphate, mineral oil and petroleum free. To try our natural and handmade skincare products, visit an exclusive Eminence Organics Spas and Salons for a treatment or shop our full range online.

Got a Sun Safety Question you would like answered or a skin care tip you would like to share? Sound off in the comments below.

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