Frequently asked questions

WHAT IS THE SUN PROTECTION FACTOR (SPF) ?

SPF describes the increased allowable time of sun exposure before your particular skin type will start to burn. For example, SPF 10 means you can stay in the sun for ten times longer than it takes you to burn. If a fair-skinned, blond headed person burns in five minutes under the noon day sun, an SPF 10 would enable her to remain outside for fifty minutes before burning, ten times longer than without sunscreen. An individual with a darker skin who may take 20 minutes to burn without sunscreen could stay out for 200 minutes.

  WHAT SPF FACTOR SHOULD I USE?

Your skin type will determine what level of SPF you need.  Those with fair skin that burns and peels easily should use SPF 40 or SPF 50.  Those with olive skins that hardly ever burn can use the lower SPF’s.  Everysun has a full range of products available to suit your skin type.  If you are unsure, use our SPF Chart to work out what SPF level will suit you best. Go to SPF Chart Selected a product from the Everysun range

WHAT ARE UVA RAYS?

This wave is the longest wave in the UV band and is not blocked by the ozone layer. UVA rays penetrate the inner layer of the skin (dermis) where it can damage blood vessels and contribute to premature ageing and wrinkles.

WHAT ARE UVB RAYS?

Although UVB rays are blocked by the ozone layer and are less abundant, they are far more damaging than UVA rays. UVB rays are more common during the summer months and affect only the outer layer of the skin (epidermis). They are more aggressive than UVA rays and cause sunburn faster. These rays are the major cause of skin cancer.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN UVA AND UVB RAYS?

Sunlight has different kinds of ultraviolet radiation – UVA and UVB. The easy way to remember the difference between them is UV’Burn’ and UV’Age’.

WHEN SHOULD I WEAR SUNSCREEN?

You should be wearing a protective sunscreen ALL year round. The sun’s harmful UVA rays that contribute towards premature ageing and cause wrinkles are consistently intensive even during the winter months, as well as on overcast and cloudy days. Don’t leave home without your sunscreen!