SUNSCREEN TERMINOLOGY

Aloe Vera

A succulent plant housing a translucent gel which contains many medicinal and repairing properties. This powerful sap acts as a topical moisturiser, locking in moisture and improving skin firmness. Aloe Vera is also renowned for easing pain and reducing the inflammation of burns with a soothing and cooling effect.

Broad Spectrum

Broad spectrum sunscreen helps protect skin from both UVA and UVB radiation. The best sunscreens protect against both UVB radiation which can cause sunburn, and UVA radiation which damages the skin with more long-term effects, such as premature skin aging.

Fragrance-Free

Free from perfumes which can aggravate sensitive skin.

PABA-Free

A term used to indicate that PABA is not used in Auscreen Sun products. PABA stands for Para Amino Benzoic Acid, a chemical sunscreen. PABA has been known to cause allergic reactions in some people. None of the products in the Auscreen contain PABA.

Skin Cancer

Skin cancer can occur when the UV light in sunlight damages the skins DNA, causing skin cells to mutate and grow into cancers. It’s the most common form of cancer in Australia, and Australians have the highest incidence in the world.

SPF

SPF is the sun protection factor of a sunscreen. SPF30+ means that when applied the sunscreen gives at least 30 times the skin’s natural protection against sunburn or skin damage. No sunscreen blocks 100% of UV radiation.

Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) is a unit of the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing and is responsible for administering the provisions of the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989. The TGA carries out a range of assessment and monitoring activities to ensure therapeutic goods available in Australia are of an acceptable standard.

Ultraviolet (UV) Radiation

UV radiation is a form of radiation given out by the sun. It is not hot and is not felt by the nervous system. Exposure to UVR can cause not only sunburn but also lasting skin damage. This may result in premature skin ageing and skin cancer. Ozone in the atmosphere absorbs much of the dangerous UVR before it reaches the ground but we can still receive enough to cause sunburn and more serious health problems.

UVA

Ultraviolet A radiation goes deep into the skin, affecting the living skin cells that lie under the skin’s surface. UVA causes long-term damage like wrinkles, blotchiness, sagging and discolouration, and also contributes to skin cancer.

UVB

Ultraviolet B radiation affects your skin in different ways. UVB rays are the primary cause of sunburn and most skin cancers and can generally be blocked by window glass.

Vitamin E

Also known as Tocopheryl Acetate, Vitamin E is a trusted and powerful antioxidant used to encourage skin healing and reduce the effects of sunburn. It acts to protect skin cells against the effects of free radicals and assists with healing dry skin.

Water Resistant

Water Resistant relates to how long a sunscreen can retain its level of sun protection factor when exposed to water over a period of time. A sunscreen with a water resistant level of four hours means that it has been tested to still provide the same protection at four hours as when it was first applied to the skin. Exercise, clothing, drying off with a towel can all reduce the water resistant level of a sunscreen product.

MIT 

Methylisothiazolinone or MIT or MI, sometimes erroneously called methylisothiazoline, is a powerful biocide and preservative within the group of isothiazolinones, 

BENZ 3

Benzophenone-3 (Oxybenzone) and Benzophenone-4 (Sulisobenzone) are chemical UV absorbers solid (powder) at normal temperature. 

Dermatological Tested 

Dermatologically tested” means that a dermatologist has been in charge of the product tolerance tests that were carried out with voluntary test persons.