Sunscreen tips to keep you protected every day

Around 99% of non-melanoma skin cancers and 95% of melanomas in Australia are caused by sun exposure and two in three Australians will form some form of skin cancer before the age of 70.

Known as the skin cancer capital of the world due to its compromised ozone layer, Australia has one of the highest rates of health ailments developed because of UV radiation causing skin and eye damage.

It is imperative that you protect yourself and your family from sun damage. Choosing the right sunscreen is step one to shielding yourself from UV rays. Make sure that the sun care products you use are made from safe ingredients to protect your and your family’s skin from irritation or allergic reactions.

Below are some tips to help you stay protected from sun damage.

1. Choose a sunscreen with SPF 50+ formulations

Get 98% effectiveness with sunscreen with SPF50+ formulations, this means that only 2% of UV rays get through to your skin. More protection equals better skin and reduced chances of skin diseases. Natural Instinct Sunscreen SPF50+ range uses Zinc Oxide as the active UV blocker ingredient. Zinc Oxide is a physical blocker that reflects harmful UVA and UVB rays. Not only does it block both UVA and UVB rays – which are responsible for causing burns, skin damage, and skin cancer — but it's completely photostable and resistant to water. Thanks to its soothing, anti-inflammatory properties; zinc oxide’s sun protection is powerful. Mineral or physical sunscreen works by deflecting UV rays away from the skin. It functions like a ‘mirror’ on your skin and is a naturally sourced mineral and is widely used in the sun protection industry. By being on the surface of the skin, there is less potential for irritation, so these tend to be the first choice for people with sensitive skin.

2. Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours

Consistent care is what your skin needs. Shield your skin from UV rays and prolonged sun damage with reapplication of sunscreen every 2 hours. Apply sunscreen at least 20 mins before venturing out in the sun. Reapply at regular intervals, especially after swimming, exercising, or towel drying. Avoid contact with eyes. If irritation occurs, discontinue use.

3. Use skincare products with naturally derived ingredients where possible

Nature is your skin’s best friend. Using products that are made of natural ingredients can help nurture, nourish, and protect your skin with gentle but very effective ingredients. As skincare is a part of your everyday routine, avoiding irritating synthetic ingredients is vital. All Natural Instinct sun care products are clean and made with naturally derived ingredients and free of paraben and oxybenzone.

4. Wear protective clothing and accessories

Along with Natural Instinct Clean Sunscreen SPF50+ rage, make sure you also wear protective clothing to minimise sun exposure. You should also protect your eyes from UV rays with good quality sunglasses and a broad-brimmed hat. Avoid places with harsh glare, find shade, and stay protected. For kids, these items are extra important as they have young, delicate, and sensitive skin and are generally very active, and love to be outside for long hours.

5. Hydrate, hydrate, and HYDRATE

While you are taking care of your skin with Natural Instinct Sunscreen SPF50+ range, do not forget to hydrate. Harsh sun rays in warmer temperatures can increase fluid loss and dehydrate the skin and body, especially for kids playing outside. Hence, hydration is important as the body tends to lose fluids through sweat and needs to be replenished at regular intervals. Keep fluids and water handy when going out in the sun.

We promise to protect Australians from sun damage with Natural Instinct SPF50+ Sunscreens.

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