Does sunscreen expire and how should I store it?

Does sunscreen expire and how should I store it?

Learn where to store your sunscreen

Like medicine, sunscreen is perishable, so it’s always best to keep it out of direct sunlight or other heat sources, store our products below 30°C and check expiry dates to ensure it remains effective. Make sure you check the label instructions to ensure you are storing your sunscreen correctly.

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What does the 50 in SPF50+ mean?

What does the 50 in SPF50+ mean?

SPF stands for ‘sun protection factor’ and the 50 in SPF50 refers to the amount of protection the sun screen offers compared to unprotected skin.

SPF 50+ sunscreens are formulated to allow less damaging rays to reach your skin’s surface than lower SPF sunscreens. For example, when applied correctly, SPF30+ allows 3.3% of UVB rays to reach your skin while SPF 50+ allows only 2% to reach your skin. This may not sound like much of a difference, but over a lifetime of UV exposure, it all adds up.


What level of protection do other SPFs offer?

In general, the SPF number refers to the theoretical amount of time you can stay in the sun and be protected without getting burnt, compared to unprotected skin. For example, SPF30 allows you to stay in the sun with less risk of sunburn for thirty times longer than you would if you weren’t wearing sunscreen.

However, there are factors that influence this and can reduce the amount of protection offered, including: the fairness of your skin; physical activity that may cause the product to sweat or rub off; water exposure; and most importantly, correct application.

Make sure you check out our sunscreen application tips to ensure you are applying your product correctly to ensure maximum protection, and cover up exposed skin where possible.

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What are UV rays?

What are UV rays?

UV rays – or ultraviolet radiation – is the part of sunlight which causes sunburn, skin damage and skin cancer. Ultraviolet radiation can be broken down into three bands: UVA, UVB, and UVC.


Does the amount of UV rays reaching Earth vary?

The amount of UV rays reaching the Earth’s surface varies throughout the day. The danger period is between 10am and 3pm. These are the hours when skin damage occurs the fastest. On a cloud-free day, we can feel maximum ultraviolet rays. However, ultraviolet levels are not related to the air temperature. There can be high levels of ultraviolet rays on cool days and UV rays still reach the Earth’s surface when there is cloud cover.

The higher the UV radiation levels, the less time it takes for skin damage to occur.

UV radiation levels are more intense between 10am – 3pm, when you need to be most vigilant about using products with UV protection such as sunscreen to shield yourself from UV light.

UV radiation levels are recorded using a UV Index (UVI), and being aware of the UVI on any particular day can help guide you in making sure you are using the right level of protection to stay sun safe.

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What is the difference between UVA and UVB?

Understanding the difference between UVA and UVB can help you better understand why broad spectrum protection is so important.


What are UVA rays?

This stands for Ultraviolet A, and can be more easily remembered as “UV Aging rays” because they are the cause of long term skin damage & photo-aging. In other words, they cause premature ageing, wrinkles and sun spots.

What are UVB rays?

This stands for Ultraviolet B and are often referred to as “UV Burning rays” because they are the cause of sunburn. Unlike UVA, they have different strengths year round. UVB rays are the common cause of most skin cancers, which is why UVB protection is so important.

What about UBC rays?

UBC stands for Ultraviolet C. While it is the strongest and the most deadly of solar rays, our ozone layer stops these from reaching Earth.

How do I keep myself safe from all the different kinds of UV light?

Using a broad spectrum sunscreen that is specifically designed to block the effects of both UVA and UVB, and ensuring you are applying your sunscreen correctly, and reapplying appropriately, is the best way to keep your skin safe and reduce your skin cancer risk.


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