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!
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 o 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.