What is the TGA?

Function of the TGA – safeguarding public health and safety in Australia by regulating medicines, medical devices, blood and tissues. Auscreen sunscreens are licensed by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration. The TGA is the regulatory body responsible in Australia for the regulation of medicinal products and their manufacture.

What is an SPF rating?

SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and is a multiplier that tells you how much longer you can remain in the sun without burning when wearing a sunscreen.

What does SPF 50+ mean?

The highest Sun Protection Factor for sunscreen available in Australia is SPF50+. This means that when applied properly, the sunscreen gives your skin fifty times its natural protection. In other words, a SPF 50+ sunscreen protects your skin from approximately 96.6% of the sun’s rays.

What’s the difference between SPF 50+ and SPF 30+?

An SPF 50+ sunscreen blocks out approximately 96% of the sun’s UV rays. An SPF 15 sunscreen blocks about 93% of the suns UV rays. A common misconception is that SPF 30 protects twice as much as a SPF15 - that is not the case. Unfortunately, no sunscreen can protect you against 100% of the sun’s rays so it is important to always use an SPF 30+ and apply it liberally and frequently.

What is the difference between UVA and UVB rays?

The sunlight that hits the earth’s atmosphere is made up of two different types of rays which affect your skin in different ways; Ultraviolet A (UVA) are the long wave ultraviolet rays (from 320-400nm) and Ultraviolet B (UVB) are the shorter wavelength rays (from 280-320nm) .UVB rays are the primary cause of sunburn and most skin cancers and can generally be blocked by window glass. UVA rays, on the other hand, can pass through window glass and are associated with skin ageing. UVA rays penetrate deeper into the base layer of the skin so even if you’re not getting burnt, you’re still likely to be ageing your skin.

What does Broad Spectrum mean?

A sunscreen labelled ‘broad spectrum’ offers protection from both the sun’s UVA and UVB rays. Broad spectrum products help protect from the aging effects of the sun as well as the burning effects. All Auscreen sunscreens are broad spectrum.

Can I still burn on a cloudy day?

Yes you can! On a cloudy day the sun’s rays can still penetrate the earth’s atmosphere and the levels of UV can be similar to those on a clear day - so it is important to always take protective measures when outdoors.

What is Water Resistance?

A sunscreens water resistance measurement is based on the products ability to maintain its labelled degree of SPF protection after a period of water exposure, measured in hours.

Can sunscreens be used on babies?

We recommend that children under 12 months be kept out of direct sunlight at all times. When this is not possible, ensure they stay in the shade as much as possible and wear protective clothing and a hat. Broad spectrum, SPF30+ sunscreen may be applied to small areas of skin that cannot be protected by clothing such as the face, ears and backs of hands.

Are your products PABA Free?

Yes, all sunscreen products in the Auscreen range are PABA free. ( Also known as or para-aminobenzoic acid )   How do I know that the sunscreen I am using is safe from harmful chemicals? Australian sunscreen products are regulated as medicines and as such are required to be made using only approved ingredients and manufactured in government regulated and licensed manufacturing facilities. As part of these requirements both the raw materials used and the finished products are subject to stringent standards at all times during manufacture.

Does sunscreen have an expiry date?

All sunscreen products should have an expiry date printed on their label. The label should also include information on how to store your sunscreen to make sure the product does not expire before the date indicated. When not in use be sure to keep your sunscreen in a cool, dry place.

What is SPF?

SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and is a multiplier that tells you how much longer you can remain in the sun without burning when wearing a sunscreen. Many Australians apply too little sunscreen resulting in achieving an SPF of between 50-80% less than that specified on the product. Factors such as how much sunscreen you apply, the weather and skin types will affect your level of protection. Banana Boat recommends re-application at regular intervals and after swimming, excessive perspiration and towel drying.

What is UV Rays?

Sunshine is made up of different rays. Ultraviolet (UV) 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.

Can Sunscreen be used after the Best Before Dates?

We can't recommend using a sunscreen after its allocated expiry as we don't have stability data to support its use and their may be legal implications if we were to suggest otherwise.

What happens to sunscreen whe stored below 30 degrees?

Storing above 30C has varied effects depending on the actual temperatures the product is exposed, storing at temperatures marginally above 30C for extended periods would cause slight increase in product degradation rates and resulting minor reduction in product shelf-life, this becomes progressively worse as temperatures increase. Periodic exposure to temperatures marginally above 30C would have negligible effect, whilst period exposure to more extreme temperatures can have significant impact, if the product is exposed to direct sunlight or left in the car for example where the product could reach temperatures over 50C, the product could fail completely. 

Did you know its important to watch out & listen to sun protection times?

See this handy link to help you: http://www.bom.gov.au/uv/index.shtml

MYTH #1: If you have a darker complexion, you don’t need to wear sunscreen.
FACT: While it may be true that those with fairer complexions are more susceptible to sun damage, those with darker complexions aren’t completely untouchable.“Every individual must adapt their level of sun protection to their skin type and sun conditions. Most dermatologists recommend using products with a protection of SPF 30 or more, regardless of phototype.

MYTH #2: The higher the SPF is, the better it is at protecting your skin.
FACT: Actually, this myth is partially true. It is true that the higher the SPF, the higher the UVB protection. However,. The SPF is only an indication of UVB protection. There are 2 types of UV rays: UVA and UVB.” When choosing sunscreen, the importance of selecting a sunscreen that is “broad spectrum,” meaning it’s able to protect the skin from both UVA and UVB rays. 

MYTH #4: If it’s cloudy outside, there’s no need to wear sunscreen.
FACT: Sunscreen should be worn even if the weather is dreary. “Even if UVB rays are filtered, clouds let through almost 80 percent of UVA rays. These rays are responsible for skin’s premature aging and sun-induced allergies, among other things. Even when sitting in the shade or under an umbrella, beware of UVB and UVA reflection on the ground. An umbrella reduces the intensity of the sun rays but doesn’t protect fully against the sun due to reflections.”

MYTH #5: Sunscreen doesn’t expire.
FACT: Sunscreens do have a expiry date and and hold a 3 years expiry from manufacture date. 

MYTH #6: Applying sunscreen once a day is enough, especially if your sunscreen proclaims that it provides all-day protection.
FACT: It may seem evident but. Regardless of activity or SPF, it is recommended that you reapply your sunscreen every two hours. The amount of sunscreen needed to cover the whole body is about 35ml.

MYTH #7: Will sunscreen block the vitamin D that naturally comes from the sun’s rays?
FALSE FACT: While it is true that sunscreen will block some of the vitamin D provided by the sun, the benefits of using sunscreen far outweigh the benefits of receiving vitamin D in this manner. According to the Cancer Council, regular use of sunscreen when the UV Index is 3 or above during normal daily activity should not stop you getting enough vitamin D.

MYTH #8: You can’t get sun damage on a cloudy day
FALSE FACT: Just because you can’t see your shadow doesn’t mean you’re safe from the sun’s damaging rays. Believe it or not, up to 80 percent of the sun’s UV rays can penetrate through clouds.