Is Banana Boat Sunscreen to blame for horrific sunburns?
Posted on 11 January 2017
With temperatures on the rise again, how can Australian’s adequately defend themselves against sunburns?
A fresh string of complaints about Banana Boat Sunscreen have surfaced, along with eye-wincing photos showing horrific burns. However, Banana Boat says its ‘products are safe’ and that there are ‘no issues with any of our products’.
If the sunscreen is working as intended, then the real issue needs to be addressed: how can Australian’s adequately defend themselves against sunburns?
Whilst the horrific sunburns we see in the media are extreme, as the owner of a boutique Australian sun protection clothing line, I hear misconceptions about sun exposure on a daily basis. They sound like this:
“I’ve got tanned skin and I don’t burn, so I don’t need to cover up”.
This is the skin equivalent of 'I've never had a car crash, so I don't need a seatbelt'. Why tempt fate? Whether you can see your skin burning or not, prolonged exposure to the sun’s UV rays does cause damage to your skin. No matter what your natural skin colour, no one is exempt.
Why you should care.
Australia is the skin cancer capital of the world. At least two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70. The major cause, up to 90-95%, of skin cancer is related to sun exposure.
Whether you can see your skin burning or not, prolonged exposure to the sun’s UV rays does cause damage to your skin. No matter what your natural skin colour, no one is exempt.
But what most people do not realise is that the damaged done by exposing your skin is cumulative over your lifetime. So, by continually exposing your skin you are continually adding to your risks of skin ageing and skin cancer.
What you can do to protect yourself.
You can fight against sunburn and sun exposure by practising the Cancer Council’s Slip! Slop! Slap! Seek! Slide! message. Easy, right? But how many of us really know that this message is telling us? The 3 most common mistakes I see around the Slip Slop Slap message are:
Mistake 1: Not using enough sunscreen
Mistake 2: Sunscreen as your only defense
Mistake 3: Covering up the wrong way
Don’t be a statistic
With so many great reasons to protect yourself from sun exposure and so much public education focused on skin protection, it’s hard to believe that we Aussies are not already world class superstars at sun safety. Please don’t be a statistic, learn more about sun protection, and enjoy the sun safely.