My employer offers free skin cancer screening to all staff every summer and I always opt-in to have my skin examined from head to toe. My most recent screening was a the start of January and I attend religiously because although I was born and raised in the tropics, my skin started to get darker once I moved to Perth. It then got even darker with pigmentation once I had gone through my pregnancy. So you can imagine how paranoid I get about being in the sun.
Which is why I was excited when I heard the news last year that some popular brands are releasing SPF50+ products. Being a NIVEA diva, I’ve decided to switch to the new water-resistant Sun Moisturising Sunscreen Lotion SPF50+ which I expect will handle suncare and skincare with the highest available sun protection factor, 50+ instead of 30+ and also provide UVA and UVB protection. I’m trying the NIVEA lotion this weekend and will be testing on my family of 3. I will write a review after I’ve used it a few more times during the week.
Pricing: The NIVEA Sun Moisturising Sunscreen Lotion SPF50+ retails for $17.99 and is available now at local pharmacy and supermarket since mid-January.
Switching to the new Sun Moisturising Sunscreen Lotion means protecting yourself a little better, getting 1.5 times more sun protection than when using the SPF30+ products, as well as continue to keep the skin hydrated.
SPF50+ is Australia’s new standard in sunscreen developed by Standards Australia and Standards New Zealand. Now we’ll be on the same level as many other countries. For more information see the website of the Therapeutic Goods Administration (Department of Health and Ageing).
According to the Cancer Council, SPF50+ products will filter out 98% of UVB radiation compared to 96.7% blocked by SPF30. However, it’s not to be taken as a suit of armour. As with any other, the new sunscreens, no matter which brand, must be applied just as generously. We must remember to reapply every two hours, avoid midday sun and wear protective clothing like t-shirts and broad-brimmed hats. Consider also wearing sunglasses and sitting in shade.
Note: you don’t have to throw away your lower SPF products as long as they are within the labeled expiry date. If you opt for SPF50+ make an upgrade when you repurchase.
Disclaimer: Products were requested from NIVEA PR because I was curious to try out and consider an upgrade. I received a 200ml bottle which I’m trialling with my family (2 adults and 1 pre-schooler). Keep an eye out for my review of the NIVEA Sun Moisturising Sunscreen Lotion SPF50+. Image supplied.