Soak up the Sun in Safety with Badger
The world of ‘chemical-free’ sunscreens can be a little confusing. At Badger we want to make adventuring in the sun as safe and as uncomplicated as possible for you, your family and the planet. Below are few essential sun care facts to help you soak up the sun safely.
1. Are you sun-conscious?
The first defence against skin damage is being mindful of the sun and its effect on our skin. We don’t just need to look after our skin on blaringly hot days. Throughout the year the sun’s rays can penetrate our skin’s top layer and damage the cells without our knowledge. So it’s important to be aware of your surroundings and apply sunscreen whenever you’re out in the sun (cloudy day or not).
It’s so tempting to lay about all day in the sun and top up those tans, but the best way of preventing skin damage is to stay covered up and in the shade. We’re not party poopers though – go out, enjoy the sun but be mindful! Is it the hottest time of the day? Seek shade! Do you burn easily? Apply enough sunscreen regularly and cover up when your skin has had enough – you know your limits.
2. Are you UV-savvy?
There are two different types of UV rays that infiltrate past earth’s atmosphere – UVA and UVB. But what makes them different?UVB rays are the shortest of the UV rays that can reach our skin. These rays go as deep as the epidermis, the top layer of skin, they are what causes sunburn and immediate skin damage.
Whilst UVA rays, penetrate much deeper into the dermis level of the skin, just below the epidermis. Damage from UVA rays has been proven to increase the effects of ageing skin such as wrinkles. Scientists now believe that damage to this layer can also be a trigger for skin cancer to develop in the epidermis.
UVA rays are so powerful they can get through layers of cloud, so you need to make sure your skin is protected, even on cloudy days.
3. Are you SPF-wise?
SPF, or Sun Protection Factor, is a measure of how well a sunscreen will protect skin from UVB rays. For example, if you would usually burn after 10 minutes in the sun, applying an SPF 15 sunscreen would allow you to stay in the sun for approximately 150 minutes without burning. This is a rough estimate depending on skin type, intensity of sun and amount of sunscreen used.
SPF 50 sunscreen only gives you 1% more protection than SPF 30 sunscreen. This means that sunscreens with really high SPFs (SPF 50, SPF 75 or SPF 100) don’t actually offer much more protection than the recommended SPF30. High SPF numbers can provide a false sense of security, encouraging people to spend more time in the sun, and sometimes causing people to get burned. High SPF sunscreens usually offer far greater UVB than UVA protection and not giving you full protection.
4. Are you earth-kind?
You may have noticed that we really care about a. what we apply to our skin and b. how we look after the earth that we live in. It’s important to us that our products leave no lasting impact on the environment.
Badger Sunscreens are certified as biodegradable, the minerals they’re made up of become part of the earth’s natural sediment. They don’t pollute this planet or cause harm to marine wildlife.
5. Are you sunscreen-stingy?
Have you ever been sunburned even when you’ve applied sunscreen? Even with the safest mineral sunscreen, it’s important to apply enough sunscreen and to reapply often. But what exactly is “enough” sunscreen? And what’s the best way to apply mineral sunscreen to get full coverage?
Most people under-apply sunscreens, using ¼ to ½ the amount required. Using half the required amount of sunscreen only provides the square root of the SPF. So a half application of an SPF 30 sunscreen only provides an effective SPF of 5.5!
A general rule of thumb is to apply sunscreen liberally and often. What does “apply liberally” mean? It’s recommended to use an application rate of 2 milligrams of sunscreen per square centimetre of skin. Doesn’t mean anything to you? Not to worry! We’ve calculated it for you. Below are general amounts of sunscreen needed for different parts of the body.
Note: We calculated these amounts based on a person who is approximately 11 stone, so depending on your size, you might need to experiment and apply more or less accordingly.
Taking care of your skin in the sun doesn’t have to be complicated! Remember, if you use less sunscreen you will significantly reduce your sun protection.