Published by Gabrielle Evans on 6th Oct 2020

Living in the sunshine state, it's common knowledge that we should slip, slop and slap if spending time out in the sun. Those wanting to get the most out of their skincare routine know that 80% of the skin's signs of aging are due to sun exposure. This doesn't mean those times you forget to take sunscreen to the beach, this is everyday you step out of your house - whether it's winter, cloudy, driving in your car or even sitting by a window.

The sun causes damage from both the UVA and UVB rays. That painful red hot sunburn you got while sitting outside is the result of UVB, however it is the UVA that damages skin more permanently resulting in wrinkles and sagging skin. 

Using a gentle sunscreen will protect your skin from the UV rays. Choosing one with nourishing ingredients can prevent skin dehydration and oxidative stress leading to premature ageing. While they feel heavier on the skin, a sunscreen that uses zinc or titanium oxides to protect you is far less irritating than a chemical sunscreen. They work very effectively to deflect the UV rays, do not irritate skin and are kinder to the ocean.

The Cancer Council recommend using at least a SPF 30 sunscreen and reapplying every two hours regardless of whether you have been swimming or sweating. Check out our guide to sunscreens further down on the page for help choosing the best product for you.