Although the ‘Slip Slop Slap’ campaign was released in the 80s, the mantra has stayed with us over the years. The sheer number of sunscreens available shows how far we have come in understanding the effects of sun on our skin, especially in Australia where the sun seems more potent than other areas around the globe.
Our picks are Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunscreen ($17.99). The technology behind the formulation of this sunscreen is the patented helioplex technology that protects agains UVA and UVB rays. The wonderful thing about this product is that it goes on smoothly and dries without leaving any residue or greasiness. The sunscreen also comes as a body mist which is useful in applying sunscreen to hard to reach places.
For those seeking a more organic product, try WOTNOT ($20.95), a broad-spectrum sunscreen that uses Zinc Oxide to reflect UV-A and UV-B rays, rather than chemical actives which absorb these rays. Recent studies have shown that UV-A radiation plays a large role in causing gene mutations that can lead to skin cancer. Therefore it is vital that when using a sunscreen you check that it offers broad spectrum protection.
KMS California Color Vitality Shine and Shield ($31.95) with UV filters, lilac and ginger will help with protecting your hair from the effects of the sun. Packed with antioxidants and UV filters, it will also help extend the life of your hair color. It also imparts intense shine and provides protection from heat styling up to 450° F / 230° C.
Images courtesy of The Australian Open, WOTNOT, KMS California, Clarins and Neutrogena.