6 common sun protection misconceptions you should be aware of

6 common sun protection misconceptions you should be aware of

In Australia, we are used to keeping cool on hot, summer days - but are we really protecting our skin as well as we could be? Below are 6 common misconceptions when it comes to protecting the skin from sun damage, skin cancer and melanoma.

1. Applying a minimal amount of sunscreen, and not reapplying

Dermatologists and medical experts recommend using a broad-spectrum sunscreen every day. Broad spectrum means that it blocks both UVA and UVB rays. If your whole body is exposed to the sun, the recommended amount is approximately seven teaspoons for adults, in order to ensure an effective sun barrier.

No level of SPF sunscreen will allow you to stay out in the sun all day. Up to 98% is filtered by using broad-spectrum SPF50+. 

Sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours (even if it is water resistant), particularly after playing sport, swimming, or even after drying yourself with a towel. 

2. Using only sunscreen to protect against skin damage

Whilst applying sunscreen is an important part of sun protection, it is only the first step in the "slip, slop, slap, seek and slide" SunSmart routine. Remember to cover up with high UV protective clothing, sunglasses, a hat and find shade where possible.

You can find out more about Solbari UV protective fabrics on our fabrics page >

 3. Thinking regular clothing protects the same as UPF50+ clothing

Most people don’t realise that regular summer clothing such as a lightweight, white cotton t-shirt may only have a UPF of 5 leaving the skin exposed to sun damage. A UPF of 5 is equivalent protection to wearing SPF5 sunscreen. Clothing that is certified UPF50+ blocks 98% of UVA and UVB rays and allows only 1/50th of UV rays reaching the surface of the garment to pass through it. This is the maximum certifiable sun protective rating in the World.

The Skin & Cancer Foundation states that sun protective clothing, hats and accessories should be the first line of defence against sun damage, followed by sunscreen. Solbari specialises in advanced sun protective clothing that is lightweight, breathable and suitable for all-day wear. Most importantly, all Solbari products are certified UPF50+ in Australia and provide the maximum sun protection all day long. 

Normal clothing vs UPF50+ Solbari Clothing

You can view our full UPF50+ range by clicking here >

You can view our range of UPF50+ accessories by clicking here >

You can view our range of UPF50+ sun hats by clicking here >

4. Only being sun smart on hot days

Many people think that you don't need to protect your skin on cool, cloudy days. Sun damage is actually caused by UV radiation, with 90% of UV rays being able to pass through clouds. It is important to remember to protect your skin every day, no matter the weather.

Cancer Council's 2015 National Sun Survey revealed that 50% of sunburn in Australian adults occurs while doing activities at home, such as household chores. Chair of the Public Health Committee, Craig Sinclair, warns Australians about this "'incidental' sunburn", stressing the importance of sun protection methods, "whether you are in the backyard, lying down in the park or hanging out at the beach".

5. Choosing to not use sun protection in order to get more vitamin D

A few minutes of sunlight are sufficient to receive sufficient vitamin D. To read more about adequate vitamin D levels, you can read about our blog on vitamin D by clicking here .

6. Thinking that getting a tan will not damage your skin 

Some believe tanning isn't harmful on our bodies (so long as you don't get burnt), but being tanned is actually a sign of skin damage. As the damage of UV builds up over time, wrinkles and discolouration may begin to form and the risk of skin cancer increases. 

If you have questions or comments, please send us an email at info@solbari.com  and we'll be happy to assist you.

The SOLBARI Team
This blog is for information purposes only. Please consult your medical specialist for advice on caring for your skin.



Also in Solbari Blog

Dermatologists recommend sun protective clothing 
Dermatologists recommend sun protective clothing 

This blog highlights that the primary cause of skin cancer is the cumulative exposure to the sun. Sun protective clothing with a high UPF rating provides consistent protection from UV radiation. Dermatologists outline in this blog why they prefer sun protection clothing with a UPF 50+ rating.
Read More
Can skin damage caused by the sun be repaired or even reversed?
Can skin damage caused by the sun be repaired or even reversed?

Your skin is your largest organ and has a long memory. Sun exposure and ultraviolet (UV) damage is cumulative throughout your life. Research shows that sun damage contributes to more than 90% of wrinkles, brown spots, premature skin ageing as well as precancerous and cancerous skin lesions.

Limiting sun exposure is very important, as the UV rays cause the most damage to the skin. It often takes many years and sometimes decades for the effects to become visible.

Read More
Solbari blog: What is psoriasis?
What is psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition which is represented by patches of abnormal skin. The affected areas of skin are typically reddish in colour, itchy, scaly and dry. Psoriasis can be localised or cover many skin areas in extreme cases. 
Read More
JOIN OUR COMMUNITY