What do the letters and numbers mean on sunscreen bottles?
Sun Protection Factor (SPF)
SPF only protects you from sunburn (UVB rays). When you see the SPF number on a bottle, think of it as a measure of time. The math is pretty simple. If your skin would typically burn after 10 minutes in the sun, a sunscreen with SPF 15 should allow you to stay in the sun 15 times longer (150 minutes) before your skin would start to burn. But that number doesn’t take your activities into account. Sweating, swimming and other physical exercise can lower the effectiveness of your sunscreen’s SPF, which means you may need to apply it more often.
Our Noosa Organic Skin Care Moisturiser with Sunscreen SPF15 will protect you for 2 hours which is the same time all sunscreens should be re applied. The point of difference with our organic sunscreen is that it contains 98% organic ingredients and no toxic chemicals. It is also easy to apply and non greasy, so it is the perfect children’s sunscreen.
How to have a healthy relationship with the sun.
Now that you’re a sun aficionado, here are five steps to creating a comprehensive sun protection plan without sacrificing the benefits and joy those radical rays offer us each day.
1. Get your D. Spend 5-15 minutes in the sun (sans sunscreen) a few times per week to meet your vitamin D needs.
2. Buy safer sunscreen, look for broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) coverage and a SPF of at least 15.
3. Use sunscreen responsibly. Apply the recommended amount (usually about 1 shot glass) 30 minutes before sun exposure. Reapply according to the SPF or even more often if you are sweating or swimming.
4. Cover up! The best protection from the sun is complete protection. Hats, clothing, a shady tree or an umbrella are some of the easiest ways to help prevent sun damage.
5. Always be prepared. Carry sun protection and sunscreen with you at all times. You never know when you or your children will need it.
Noosa Organic Skin Care Team Xx