What do SPF Ratings Mean for Sunscreens?

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SPF ratings on sunscreens can be confusing. In Australia, the SPF rating is a measure of how well the sunscreen will protect your skin from the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays. The letters SPF stand for "Sunscreen Protection Factor." The numbers are intended to help consumers make a purchase by selecting their desired level of sun protection. The article below will provide you with information on what all these numbers mean. While no sunscreen can provide 100% protection from UV rays, the promotional products in our sunscreen range offer a high level of protection ideal for regular application and use at events.

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The Meaning of Actual Rating Numbers

SPF ratings can range anywhere from 2 all the way up to 50+. A product with an SPF rating of 2 blocks 50% of UV radiation whereas one with an SPF rating of 50+ blocks 98% of UV radiation thus providing far superior protection when compared to lower rated products. Furthermore, higher rated products tend to last longer than lower rated ones, so even if you reapply them less often you will still have adequate protection against harmful UV rays.

It's important to note that while increasing the strength of your sunscreen gives better protection, it also comes with added risks such as eye irritation or skin rashes due to the higher concentrations of chemicals used in these products. Therefore, it's wise to use only what you need based on your own individual needs; i.e if you don't plan on spending prolonged periods outdoors then there's no need for an extremely high SPF rating since stronger sunscreens carry more risks along with their benefits.

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How to Choose an SPF Number for Yourself

When shopping for promotional personal care items in Australia, it's important not only to take into consideration your own individual needs but also consider what type would best suit your lifestyle and environment at large. Australians live in some of harshest climates imaginable; most states experience over 10 hours of daylight during winter months alone!

It should come as no surprise then that Australians should choose a strong product offering good quality UVA and UVB protection that can withstand long range exposure over extended periods o time without causing discomfort or harm to your skin.

The Australian Government recommends that all individuals aged 6 months or older use sunscreens with minimum SPF 30 and preferably higher if they plan on having any sort of prolonged outdoor exposure - this recommendation applies both during summertime when most people may naturally think about wearing sunscreen and also during winter months when sunshine intensity can easily reach harmful levels despite shorter day lengths.

Similarly, special attention should be paid around water surfaces as well as snow-covered areas where increased reflection intensifies sunlight and makes it stronger than normal; therefore stronger levels of protection are recommended here too!

Regardless of whether you're shopping for yourself or a family member make sure you always read the label before using any new product! Always remember that the highest rated products offer greater overall protection but also carry more risks associated with their use - so think wisely before applying them liberally on yourself or another person!

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Ultra Violet Rays are High All Year Round

One might be tempted to think that during the cooler seasons in Australia, that UVB rays are low. Unfortunately, this could not be further from the truth. Even on cloudy or cold days, UVB rays could still be prevalent in quantities to cause damage to your skin. So always pop on some sunscreen when you're heading outside regardless of the weather or season!

Author Profile: Charles

Charles is the owner/operator of Cubic Promote. Charles has over 15 years of experience in the promotional product industry, making him an expert on not only the products in our range but also marketing strategy implementation and the industry as a whole. Visit him on LinkedIn.

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