Sun Protection FAQ

My skin is used to the sun, does that mean I do not need a sunscreen?
I only want to stay in the sun for half an hour, do I need to apply sunscreen?
How to enjoy the sun and reduce the risks for skin damage?
What does SPF mean and how should I select the correct SPF number to use?
What does broad spectrum mean?
Why should I apply AQUASUN 15-20 minutes before sun exposure?
AQUASUN does not whiten my skin and is easy to rub in, does it protect as well as the thick whitening sunscreens?
How often should I re-apply?
Should AQUASUN be used on babies under 6 months?
What happens if I get burnt?
What is some simple advice to protect myself from the sun?

My skin is used to the sun, does that mean I do not need a sunscreen?
Even if you have a darker skin you should avoid long exposure to the sun around noon. During these hours the sun is at its strongest. Besides sunburn it can give you headaches, it can cause dehydration and eye damage. Look for some shade if you can. Apply AQUASUN sunscreen as it additionally helps prevent premature ageing of the skin.

I only want to stay in the sun for half an hour, do I need to apply sunscreen?
Even if you opt for a short sun stay, always apply sunscreen. AQUASUN offers low SPF factors 4 and 8 moisturising lotions that are suitable for short sun stays. However, if you have very fair skin and are not used to strong sun exposure, you should always go for for an AQUASUN product with a high protection SPF 30 or 50+ range.

How to enjoy the sun and reduce the risks for skin damage?
Wear a broad spectrum sunscreen and protective clothing. Stay in the shade during peak hours when the sun is high in the sky, especially in the summer (usually from 11 in the morning till 3 in the afternoon). There is plenty of time left to enjoy the beach outside these hours.

What does SPF mean and how should I select the correct SPF number to use?
SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. The SPF number on each pack acts as a guide to the level of sun protection that that product provides, i.e. the SPF indicates how much longer it extends your skin’s natural sunburn protection. For example if your skin starts to burn in 8 minutes then using an SPF 50+ will delay this by approx. 400 mins.

What does broad spectrum mean?
Broad Spectrum Protection means you have protection from both UVA and UVB rays. UVB rays are the suns rays that cause you to get sun burnt, whereas UVA rays are the suns rays that cause more long term and permanent damage such as premature ageing and possibly skin cancer.

Why should I apply AQUASUN 15-20 minutes before sun exposure?
By applying AQUASUN 15-20 minutes before you enter the suns rays, the sunscreen has enough time to be absorbed by your skin and allow the active ingredients to deflect the damaging rays.

AQUASUN does not whiten my skin and is easy to rub in, does it protect as well as the thick whitening sunscreens?
Yes,
all AQUASUN sunscreens offer broad spectrum protection from UVA & UVB rays allowing you to enjoy the outdoors without the feeling of heavy or greasy sunscreen. AQUASUN has been formulated with moisturisers to make it easier for your skin to absorb the sunscreen meaning it doesn't leave any residue on the skin. It also keeps your skin smooth and supple and helps prevent moisture loss.

How often should I re-apply?
Re-application of AQUASUN differs depending on the product you are using. Generally, re-apply frequently, especially after swimming, exercising and towel drying. For exact answers please refer to the AQUASUN product that you are using.

Should AQUASUN be used on babies under 6 months?
Children under 12 months old should not be exposed to direct sunlight at any time. If it is inevitable for your child to be out of the shade, only small amounts of sunscreen can be used at one time. A baby's skin is very sensitive and too much of any type of sunscreen could cause irritation.

What happens if I get burnt?
Too much sun exposure without proper protection will cause sunburn. Too much sunburn leads to skin damage and premature aging of the skin. Eventually this may lead in turn to serious skin diseases, like skin cancer. Should you get burnt, for temporary soothing relief of pain and to help minimize peeling we suggest you use a high potency Aloe Vera Gel, should you experience serious pain, discomfort and/or blistering please see your doctor.

What is some simple advice to protect myself from the sun?
•  Stay out of the sun between 11 am to 3 pm, especially with young children. Avoid prolonged sun exposure.
•  Wear protective clothing like long-sleeved garments and wide-brimmed hats
•  Use an umbrella
•  Apply AQUASUN sunscreen protection half an hour before you go out into the sun and re-apply frequently, especially after swimming, exercise and towel drying.
•  Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes