With Australia boasting some of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, sun safety is something we all need to take seriously. According to the Cancer Council, 2 in 3 Aussies will be diagnosed with some form of skin cancer before their 70th birthday. And while we love a sunburnt country, the sun down under has a crazy high level of UV radiation, leaving many sunburnt bodies in its wake. I’ve struggled to wear SPF on a daily basis, as I find it too greasy & thick for my skin. Luckily, we’ve seen SPF come along in leaps & bounds, and the Cancer Council’s range of SPF products offer variety to suit all skin types!
First we’ve got the SPF30 Face Moisturiser* and Foundation*, both designed to achieve smooth, sun safe coverage across your face and neck. I’ve got the untinted moisturiser, but it’s also available in 3 shades: light beige, crème beige and honey beige. The non-oily, breathable formula is designed to moisturise while protecting your skin from UV rays. It absorbs quickly and, if you purchase a tinted tube, is similar to a BB cream. The foundation is similar, but has heavier coverage, with a velvety feel. This can be applied with your fingers, brush or sponge, and also comes in 3 shades: beige, crème beige and dark beige. Both of these products are perfect for those days when you’re out in the sun, and don’t want to worry about your skin getting clogged or shiny!
We tend to shed our clothes pretty quickly in the warmer months, so I recommend using the SPF30 Body Lotion* in place of your everyday moisturiser. This is first & foremost a lotion, so it’s not the same as lathering yourself in sunscreen. It’s much thinner, absorbing fast and leaving a light floral scent behind. It’s supposed to replace your normal lotion, with SPF protection and the replenishing power of aloe vera thrown in to make it even better! I don’t use this during work days, as I use my commute & lunch breaks to get my fix of vitamin D, but on weekends or days when I know I’m going to be outside for long periods of time, it’s a no-brainer.
I also want to give a special shout-out to the SPF50+ Professional Sunscreen for Scars*. Did you know that when a scar is exposed to UV rays, it burns faster than the rest of our skin? Cancer Council’s professional sunscreen has a zinc-rich formula which fights off the full spectrum of UVA and UVB rays, and provides a protective shield rather than absorbing into the skin. It’s quite thick, with that tell-tale zinc sunscreen scent, but it also has a natural tint to help conceal scars – which I’m happy to report works surprisingly well! It also draws on vitamin B3, pro-vitamin B5, allantoin, aloe vera & vitamin E to protect and renew your skin. Priced at under $30, this is worth its weight in gold for anyone suffering with scarring who loves their time in the sun.