Sunscreen and Sun Safety

Author: F&F   Date Posted:3 October 2016 

A topic close to our hearts is being sun safe, particularly here in Australia. We thought it would be a great opportunity to share some of the products we at Flora & Fauna use to be sun safe this summer and why you should choose natural sunscreen.

1.Slip, Slap and Slop on that sunscreen

We at Flora & Fauna prefer to use a natural sunscreen over a standard, common sunscreen any day.

Natural sunscreens are free from a multitude of nasties that have been linked to cancer and hormonal issues. In case you missed the post, you can read about why natural sunscreens are better for you and how they work in an earlier article. In summary natural sunscreens use zinc oxide to reflect sun's rays as opposed to absorbing the UV rays and a chemical experiment taking place on your skin. Far better for your skin and your family. 

Our tip is to always wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF. We would suggest an SPF no lower than SPF 30. Apply 20 minutes before sun exposure and don’t forget to reapply! One sunscreen we love for your face is Kosmea's moisturising lotion with SPF30. It's had good reviews and is non oily. 

UV Natural is perfect for the body, sport and children's sensitive skin. In travel sizes and larger sizes and they have a baby version. 


2. Don’t forget about your lips….

The skin on your lips is extremely thin and can easily dry out and crack through exposure to the sun. When out and about during the day we choose to use a lip balm with SPF. Flora & Fauna loves  UV Natural Lip as it has SPF 30, vegan and is water resistant for up to two hours – so perfect for when you need take a dip to cool off. Hurraw also has some gorgeous lip balms to help keep your pout beautiul. 


3. Know when the UV levels are high

Even on cool, overcast and cloudy days UV levels can still be as deceptively high and this is where many of us get caught out. An app from Cancer Council Australia that lets us know the UV levels and times when we do and don’t need to slap on the sun protection.


4. Stay cool and hydrated

As well as skin damage, another danger we face in the summer months, especially if you’re active, is heat exhaustion. We always make sure we have plenty of water handy wherever we go and seek out the shade during peak time. Our Kabi bottles and BBBYO bottles are made from stainless steel and keep cold drinks cold for 24 hours. Perfect to be sustainable and plastic free. 


5. Fake It!

Everyone loves to have beautiful sun kissed skin, but tanning and over exposure to harmful UV causes wrinkles, skin and eye damage. So save yourself and your skin the bother and fake it with some fake tan.

We love the range of  fake tan  by Eco Tan  as it’s Certified Organic Australia, Australian Certified Toxic Free, 100% Vegan and a Choose Cruelty Free Company. (Remember if you’re going out in the sun, you’ll still need your sun protection on top of this tan.)

All our sun protection can be found at Flora & Fauna so you are sun safe. 

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