5 Sun Aware FAQs From SunSense

5 Sun Aware FAQs From SunSense

We’ve compiled a list of FAQs about our sunscreen range, and how to help protect your skin during the summer.

 1. Do SunSense sunscreens contain methylisothiazolinone (MI)?

Most commonly found in toiletries such as shampoo and conditioner, methylisothiazolinone is a preservative which can commonly cause skin reactions to children and adults(1). SunSense sunscreens do not and have never contained the preservative ingredient methylisothiazolinone (MI).

2. Are there any other ways to protect my skin from sun damage?

There are many ways you can help to protect your skin from sun damage. We’ve listed our top tips below:

●        Limit your time in the sun, particularly between 10am and 3pm when the sun’s rays are the most harmful as the UV radiation index is higher(2).

●        Apply a broad spectrum SPF50 or SPF 50+ sunscreen to all exposed areas of the skin at least 20 minutes before heading outside, wear a hat and other protective clothing for extra protection and remember to seek shade.

●        Reapply sunscreen every two hours even if you’re in the shade and especially after exercise, swimming and toweling yourself dry. Remember to reapply sunscreen to your face!

●        Sun protection is necessary even on cloudy days.

●        Examine your skin regularly for any unusual changes or growths.

●         If you have any concerns, consult a doctor. It is recommended that everyone has regular skin check-ups every 3 months(3).

3. How do I apply sunscreen?

When applying sunscreen to the face and body, follow our application method below:

●        Apply SunSense Ultra SPF 50+ sunscreen at least 20 minutes before going outdoors.

●        Apply 1 teaspoon (6mL) of sunscreen to each arm, each leg, front & back of body, and 1/2 teaspoon each to face and neck.

●        Apply sunscreen evenly. Use a mirror when applying sunscreen to face.

●        Be careful not to miss any exposed areas such as ears and neck.

●        Avoid prolonged sun exposure. Do not stay too long in the sun, even while using a sunscreen product.

●        Cover up with clothing, hats and eye wear to further reduce risk and carefully protect children and babies from direct sun.

  1. Melanoma Institute Australia. What is Melanoma [Internet]. [Cited October 19 2017]. Available from https://www.melanoma.org.au/understanding-melanoma/what-is-melanoma/
  2. Melanoma Institute Australia. Glossary [Internet]. [Cited October 19 2017]. Available from https://www.melanoma.org.au/understanding-melanoma/glossary/