What are UV rays (UVA, UVB, and UVC rays) and why is it necessary to protect your skin?
We're often warned about the effects of the sun on our skin, but what many of us don't know is that UV rays actually cause the damage. All UV rays are emitted from the sun and it's pretty tricky to avoid them. They can be reflected from sand and water, can penetrate white clouds and can even reach as far as 10 meters under water when the sun is overhead. UVA rays penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin and cause the long-term effects of premature wrinkling and ageing of the skin. UVB rays penetrate only the upper layers of the skin and cause the sunburn. These high energy rays cause approximately 80% of all skin damage. The highest energy UV ray, C, is filtered out by the ozone layer and never reaches the earth.
How can I protect my skin from the effects of UVA & UVB?
Don't worry; you needn't lock yourself indoors for the summer. All that's needed is the right factor of sun protection, applied correctly, to protect your skin from UV rays. We've all heard of an SPF rating but did you know the UVA symbols also measures the effectiveness of the product? For more details on SPF and UVA symbol please see below.
What is the UVA symbol on the packaging and where will I find it?
You'll find the UVA symbol on the front and UVA star rating on the back of the packaging. The UVA symbol on the front indicates that the product has at least a third of average UVA protection in relation to average UVB protection, which is the minimum requirement. The UVA star rating gives you a precise measure of the actual UVA protection level of your sun protection product.
What is the UVA star rating telling me about the protection of the product from UVA rays?
The UVA star rating indicates the UVA protection level of your sun protection product. One star is the minimum requirement for UVA protection - one third of the UVB protection - whereas a product with four or five stars, offers almost the same amount of UVA as UVB protection.
What is an SPF?
We're often warned not to go below SPF 15, but have you ever wondered why this is? SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and measures a product's ability to protect from UVB rays. The SPF indicates how long a person can stay in the sun without burning, and the number you should use is dependent on your individual skin type and where and when you intend to be soaking up the sun. Please see the Banana Boat® SPF guide for more details.
How do I know what SPF I need?
To choose the right SPF for you, you need to consider a number of factors: 1. What is your skin type and therefore what is your skins' own protection time? 2. How long will you be out in the sun? 3. What is the UV Index for the day? What time of the day will you be out and what activity will you be doing?
Do SPFs add up if you apply two different SPF factors, one after the other?
The application of two different SPF numbers will not add up to create a higher factor. For example, using an SPF 8 on top of an SPF 15 will not create SPF 23. The only way to be fully protected from the sunshine is to determine your skin type and how long you'll be in the sun, then choose the appropriate SPF level for you. Click here to use the Banana Boat® SPF guide.
What are the highest Banana Boat® SPFs available?
Baby Tear-Free Spray Lotion SPF 50, 180ml, Baby Tear-Free Sun Protection Lotion SPF 50, 60ml, Kids Ultramist™ Tear-Free Spray Lotion SPF 50, 175ml, Sport Lotions SPF 30 & SPF 50
Why should kids avoid playing in the midday sun?
There's nothing better than seeing kids enjoying long summer days playing outside in the fresh air, but if possible, they should avoid direct sun exposure between the hours of 11am and 3pm when the sun's rays are the strongest and most harmful. It's also advisable to bring them in every couple of hours to cool down their skin and apply another coat of Banana Boat® sun protection - for maximum protection you should re-apply every two hours.
My child has got sunburn. What should I do?
If your baby is younger than one year old and gets sunburn, seek medical advice. If they're older than that and are just a little red, we have a number of cooling and soothing Aloe Vera after sun products.
If I am already sunburned, will sun protection protect me from burning further?
Yes, using a sun protection is important to prevent further sunburn and if your skin's suffering, then you should use the highest SPF possible. You should also try and stay out of the sun between 11am and 3pm when the sun's rays are strongest and most harmful. Don't forget that sunlight penetrates clouds and so do 80% of the sun's damaging rays, so be careful!
Why do some people tan and others burn?
As much as we'd all like to achieve a deep, golden tan when we soak up the sunshine, our skin's reaction to sun, either burning or tanning, is strongly genetic. In general, fair-skinned people often burn and are rarely able to tan. Darker skins, with their increased melanin, have more natural protection, but no one is immune to sun damage and everyone should wear protection. To find out which SPF is right for you, use the Banana Boat® SPF guide.
Do I need to take extra precautions in the sun when taking medication?
Anyone taking medication, including children, should consult a GP before using sun protection products. Photosensitization, which is an increased sensitivity to sun exposure, is a possible side effect of certain medication, including some antibiotics, heart and blood pressure medicines, antihistamines and antidepressants. Consult your physician or pharmacist regarding photosensitization related to any prescription medications.
Do I need suncare products only in the summer?
No, you need sun protection all year long. Whenever you are exposed to the sun - skiing, sitting near a window, or even driving in a car - you should always wear protection as the UV rays will reach you.
My Banana Boat sun protection has an AvoTriplex™. What does it mean?
AvoTriplex™ is our patented new technology that enables products to maintain their UVA protection for longer. The result is 100% photostable sun protection. This triple-packed technology features:
UVA Absorber Powerful Avobenzone,
Stabilizer Prevents the Avobenzone from breaking down under the sun,
Enhancer "Synchronizes" energy for more efficient protection.