What Does SPF Mean………………..


  1. SPF 50 or Sun Protection Factor 50 is a rating given by the Therapeutic Goods Act of Australia stating this Sun Screen will provide 50 x the protection of your skin.
  2. If you naturally burn within 5 minutes of sun exposure. This sun screen will protect you for 50 x that amount of time exposed.  That would be 250 minutes or 4 hours and 16 minutes before you burn.
  3. This does not take into account swimming, towel drying, removing cloths or perspiring.
  4. All of the above will remove some of the protection, hence we must constantly re-apply.

What does Broad Spectrum Mean?

  • Broad Spectrum  refers to the protection from both UVA and  UVB Light. 
  • UVA is what damages our collagen and elastin, and makes our skin and eyes age.
  • UVB light rays are what  causes burning and damage to the epidermis of our skin and our eyes.
  • Both Cause damage, both are responsible for skin cancers. Both Cause age related skin damage.
  • Broad spectrum must be written on your sunscreen to protect for both types of protection. 

Excuses! Sun Screens Makes me Break-Out!

  • When considering the purchase of a Sun Screen take into account the quality of the product. A good product will be non-comedogenic, this means it will not clog your skin and it will not make you break-out.
  • Do remember to cleanse you skin thoroughly with a good cleanser suited to your skin.

Do you Ever say to yourself!

  • But I’m never in the sun!
  • I don’t go in the sun!
  • I wear sun block when I’m in the sun!
  • My make-up has sun protection in it!
  • I only walk and exercise in the early hours of the morning!
  • Sun block will make me break-out!
  • I’ve got good skin I don’t burn!


The Reality is!

  • A Queensland University study showed those of us who do not go in the sun, spend 100 hours exposed to direct sunlight a year!
  • There is no sun block its only a sun screen and it cannot give 100% protection.
  • Make-up will not give sun screen protection unless it states it has SPF 50 with Broad Spectrum Protection and Water Resistant.
  • Our screening advice in Australia is now to wear a sun screen or stay out of the sun from 7.30am-4.30pm.
  • Every skin when sun exposed will be affected, some more than others.

Sun is the #1 reason for skin ageing!

  • Damage to skin cells DNA
  • Dehydration
  • Damage to Collagen
  • Damage to Elastin
  • Damage to Capillaries
  • Cancer causing to Basil Cells
  • Cancer causing to Squamous Cells
  • Cancer causing to Melanocytes

Information by the Chemist from  Fluer De Mer Cosmeceuticals