Understanding sunscreen and sun safety

How well do you understand sunscreen and sun safety?

More than half of Australian parents have a low understanding about sunscreen and sun safety. Watch the video below to get a better understanding.

  • Clearsprays and lotions are both very effective methods for applying sunscreen. You just need to make sure you’re using enough and applying correctly.
  • If you don’t use the recommended amount, your level of sun protection will be reduced.
  • How much you apply, how often you apply, UV rating and your skin type can all affect your level of protection.
  • It’s important that the sunscreen is applied evenly, generously and reapplied every 2 hours.

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How to apply sunscreen lotion

How to apply sunscreen lotion with Banana Boat:

1. Apply sunscreen 20 minutes before sun exposure, this leaves you plenty of time to pack all your outdoor essentials.
2. Did you know most people don’t apply enough sunscreen? We recommend 7 teaspoons in total-enough to cover your whole body.
3. If you can’t reach, remember to ask a friend to help you with those tricky spots.
4. Remember to reapply sunscreen for every 2 hours of sun exposure. You should also reapply immediately after swimming, exercise, drying or other activities where your sunscreen might wash, run, or sweat off.
5. And don’t forget! Make sure you wear a t-shirt, hat and sunglasses, and always seek shade during the hottest parts of the day (10am-3pm).

Have fun and stay safe in the sun!

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How to apply aerosol sunscreen

How to apply aerosol sunscreen with Banana Boat:

1. Apply sunscreen 20 minutes before sun exposure, this leaves you plenty of time to pack all your outdoor essentials.
2. Use aerosol sunscreen in a well-ventilated location and be careful not to inhale it while spraying!
3. Avoid using it in a windy area so you get more on your skin.
4. Hold the can approximately 15cm from your skin, apply generously to all exposed areas, rub into skin for even coverage and your skin should look wet after applying and avoid spraying in windy areas.
5. Don’t apply the aerosol sunscreen directly to your face-instead spray it on your hands before rubbing it in.
6. Remember to reapply sunscreen after 2 hours of sun exposure. You should also reapply after activities where it might wash, rub or sweat off like swimming, exercise or drying.
7. And don’t forget! Make sure you wear a t-shirt, hat and sunglasses, and always seek shade during the hottest parts of the day (10am-3pm).

Have fun and stay safe in the sun!

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Banana Boat's Sun Safety Regime

Banana Boat’s Sun Safety Regime

Skin cancer cases in Australia are a lot higher than they should be and this can be attributed to forgetfulness and not applying sunscreen correctly.

Sunscreen is just one of the steps in your family’s sun safe routine. Are you following these easy steps?

1. Apply sunscreen liberally and always use at least 7 teaspoons per application

2. Always apply sunscreen at least twenty minutes before sun exposure and allow it to dry on the skin

3. Always reapply sunscreen every two hours, and more often if swimming, sweating or after using a towel

4. Always wear protective clothing, wide brimmed hats and sunglasses

5. Seek shade between 10am-3pm and try and avoid prolonged sun exposure

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5 steps to sun protection

5 steps to sun protection

We all know the importance of sunscreen but did you know that it is only one of 5 steps to protecting you and your family from the sun? Follow these 5 steps to make sure you and your family’s sun routine is the safest it can be.

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What is the proper amount of sunscreen to use?

How much sunscreen do I need to use?

You should always be generous when applying sunscreen – its better to use a little more, than not enough!

We recommend you use approximately a dollop the size of a 20c coin per limb eg:

  • Each leg
  • Each arm
  • The front of your body
  • Back of your body
  • Your face and neck, including your ears.


Do I need to apply different amounts depending on which kind of sunscreen I use?

The above recommendation is a good guide for sun screen cream, sun lotion and gel products.

When using spray sun screens, you need to take a bit more care to ensure you are using enough product. Read the label for your chosen product, and refer to the below guide for more do’s and don’ts when using spray sunscreen products.

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What are the often-missed spots?

What are the often-missed spots when applying sunscreen?

These are the spots that are most often missed when applying sunscreen:

  • Under your eyes
  • Ears
  • Lips
  • Shoulders
  • Behind the knees
  • Tops of the feet

Be sure to pay attention to them, as cumulative damage if you miss these spots too often can lead to skin cancer.


Do I need special sunscreen products for different body parts?

Correct application of your preferred sunscreen product should be sufficient if applied properly, and reapplied as required. However, some people prefer to use a specialty product for sensitive areas, such as lips. Check out our product page for more information.

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When should I apply sunscreen?

When should I apply sunscreen?

When is the correct time to apply sunscreen?

You should apply sunscreen 15 to 20 minutes before sun exposure. This gives the product adequate time to absorb properly, so it will work more effectively and be less likely to wear off, either from your clothing, during travel, or from physical activity.


How often should I reapply my sunscreen?

You should reapply your sunscreen every two hours. If you go swimming, or engage in physical activity where your sunscreen may sweat off, you should towel dry and reapply immediately.

Be sure to check out the rest of our sunscreen application recommendations to ensure you’re applying correctly.

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Can I use sunscreen on babies under 6 months?

Parents should consult a doctor before using sunscreen with babies under six months old.

Due to their sensitive skin, they may not be capable of tolerating the ingredients in sunscreen.


How else can I protect my baby from the sun?

Young babies should avoid sun exposure where possible. Ensure they are covered up in appropriate clothing when outdoors, and try to keep them shaded. You can also see our tips on how to protect your baby outside for more information.

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