We’re all in the SAME BOAT

When it comes to pro­tect­ing our skin from the harsh Kiwi sun, we’re all in the same boat – so re­fresh your sun smart skills this sum­mer!

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - PROMOTION -

Here in New Zealand we know we need to be sun smart. But a sur­pris­ing 62 per cent of Ki­wis are un­sure how much sun­screen to use* and how of­ten to reap­ply. And it came as a sur­prise to 89 per cent of Ki­wis* that it’s not al­ways best to use last sea­son’s left­over sun­screen. New Zealand-trained der­ma­tol­o­gist Dr Saxon Smith ex­plains, “Al­ways be gen­er­ous when ap­ply­ing sun­screen. The rec­om­mended amount for an adult is ap­prox­i­mately 35ml or seven tea­spoons for each ap­pli­ca­tion.” That works out to be one tea­spoon of sun­screen per limb – so 20 min­utes be­fore you head out in the sun, don’t be shy, start smear­ing on that sun­screen! And what about reap­pli­ca­tion? “Ev­ery two hours,” says Dr Saxon Smith, “es­pe­cially af­ter swim­ming, ex­er­cise, ex­ces­sive per­spi­ra­tion and towel dry­ing.” Like medicine, sun­screen has a use-by date, so it’s im­por­tant to store it be­low 30°C and check those ex­piry dates! It’s likely you’ll need to re­stock your sun­screen ev­ery sum­mer – do­ing this will also en­sure you’ve al­ways got enough sun­screen on hand for the whole fam­ily. Fun in the sun is even eas­ier with the new Ba­nana Boat SunCom­fort range – the unique sun­screen that al­lows sand to brush oœ skin while mois­tur­is­ing and pro­tect­ing the whole fam­ily. It’s avail­able in lo­tion and clear spray from phar­ma­cies and su­per­mar­kets.

Be gen­er­ous when ap­ply­ing sun­screen. The rec­om­mended amount for an adult is about 35ml or seven tea­spoons per ap­pli­ca­tion.

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