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What is the difference between Factor 30 and Factor 50?

I figured as I’m selling the Solar Buddies sunscreen applicator in Australia, I better help others get clued up on the ins and outs of types and factors of sunscreen. The information is so interesting that I kept researching. So What is the difference between factor 30 and factor 50?

According to the Cancer Council who are like the gods of all sun care knowledge here in Australia. ( Apparently, It is all down to the UV Index, how exposed you are and not the temperature itself. It also turns out that factor 30 is the most common level of sunscreen for most people and most skin types.

To get you a little more clued up, you must learn about these terms.

· SPF: The SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of a sunscreen is a measure of how well it protects the skin from sunburn. Sunscreens need to be applied liberally to achieve the SPF protection claimed on the label.

· Water resistant: Does not come off the skin during swimming or exercise, provided it is not wiped off. While a label may state a sunscreen is '4 hours water resistant', sunscreen still needs to be applied every two hours to maintain the same level of protection.

No sunscreen can block all UV rays, but what they do know is: SPF 15 blocks 93% of UVB rays, SPF 30 blocks 97% of UVB rays and SPF 50 blocks 98% of UVB rays. So, the difference between factor 30 and factor 50 is about 1 percent.

Most Australians it seems are surprised to learn that factor 50 and above is only marginally better protection than factor 30 offers.

Of course both levels still need to be applied every two hours when outside and liberally and evenly but with the help of the Solar Buddies it does make this process easier and at least you don’t get messy hands.

So the difference it seems between factor 30 and factor 50 while marginal is still important. The Cancer Council recommend Sunscreen should be part of your daily morning routine every day in Australia and the following rules should always apply.

· Any sunscreen that is labelled broad-spectrum, water-resistant and SPF30 or above.

· Sunscreen should be applied 20 minutes before going outdoors.

· For an adult, recommended sunscreen application is 5ml (approximately one teaspoon) for each arm, leg, body front, body back and face (including neck and ears). That equates to a total of 35ml (approximately seven teaspoons) for a full body application.

(Luckily this exactly how the Solar Buddies Australia work)

· Sunscreen needs to be reapplied at least every two hours, irrespective of the water resistance of the sunscreen, and should be reapplied after swimming, sport, sweating and towel drying.

Lastly, remember that sunscreen should always be used in combination with other sun protection measures including wearing sun protective hats, protective clothing, sunglasses, and seeking shade.

So its Slip, Slop, Slap and Grab your Solar Buddies Australia wherever you go.

To get your hands on an awesome Solar Buddies just click here.

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