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FAQs

Sun Safety

Why do I need SPF?

Unless you live in a very very dark place (and we don’t mean your room), UV rays can cause irreparable skin damage, premature ageing and skin cancer (Yikes!)

UVA rays penetrate the skin and are mostly to blame for premature ageing - think wrinkles, pigmentation, sun spots, saggy skin and dark rough patches.

On the other hand, it’s evil cousin UVB causes sunburn, the painful reddening of the skin which is why it’s important to always use a Broad Spectrum sunscreen – one that protects from both UVA and UVB rays.

Remember UV rays don’t discriminate, whether you’re 20, 30 or 40, it wants you looking 100, so always SPF.

Do I need to wear it everyday?

Absolutely! Unless leather skin is your thing, you should SPF daily even during winter. UV rays can pass through glass and prolonged exposure to blue light from electrical devices can also cause skin damage.

The World Health Organization recommends the use of sunscreen when the UV index is 3 or above, moderate (Yellow) to extreme (Purple).

Australia has one of the harshest sunlight in the world.

In summer, our UV index reaches 12-14 in most Australian cities, and up to 16-17 at more northern latitudes. 

For more info, check out MyUV or Sunsmart

Will I still get Vitamin D if I wear sunscreen?

For Sure! Scientists and dermatologists have found that just 20 minutes of sun exposure in the early morning or evening when the UV Index is less than 3 is enough for adequate Vitamin D absorption.

During the day, sunlight can penetrate clothes and be absorbed by incidental places like our scalp, ears and back of neck. Just a few minutes of sun exposure during mid-day is enough for Vitamin D absorption.

Certain foods are a source of Vitamin D too.

If you are worried about not getting enough Vitamin D, we recommend speaking to your doctor for medical advice.

What is the difference between Chemical and Physical Sunscreens?

Like the name suggests, Physical Sunscreens such as SUNSLAYER create a physical barrier between the skin and the sun. It sits on top of the skin and uses minerals such as zinc oxide to reflect, absorb and scatter the UV rays.

Zinc has a bad rep for being white and pasty, think lifeguards with their white stripes across their cheeks. Thankfully, modern zinc formulas rub in clear and don’t leave a white cast. However, physical sunscreens tend to be thicker than chemical sunscreens and so people with oily or acne prone skin may need to remove it thoroughly to avoid problems. Otherwise, physical sunscreen is a safe choice.

Chemical sunscreens penetrate the skin and absorb UV rays like a sponge. It then converts the rays into heat and releases them from the body. Chemical sunscreens often require more than one chemical to protect against both types of UV rays. This combination may affect those with sensitive skin.

However, they are usually more lightweight in texture as they contain less/no oil. The active ingredients in most chemical sunscreens include oxybenzone, avobenzone, homosalate, octinoxate and octocrylene.

My skin is pretty dark, do I still need to use sunscreen?

YES, if you have dark to very dark skin tone, you may have an in-built SPF of 5-10 thanks to the extra melanin. However, that is not enough to protect you from sun damage as UVA rays go deeper than your skin and so the same reapplication rules apply for you too.

I have a fake tan, do I still need to use sunscreen?

Absolutely! Studies show that a fake tan only provides an SPF of 3 or less which is barely anything. Dermatologists recommend using SPF50 to be safe.

Worried about ruining your fake tan?

Don't worry, as long as you're not doing both on the same day, you'll be fine.

HOT TIP: get your fake tan the day before going to the beach, apply SPF on the day and you'll be rocking that post-beach glow! You're welcome.

What are UV rays?

Ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun is invisible to us humans and there are two kinds of UV rays that can cause harm

UVA rays penetrate deep into our skin and can cause skin damage and premature ageing such as wrinkles, sagging skin and pigmentation.

UVB rays affect the outermost layer of the skin, causing sunburn and prolonged exposure can cause skin cancer.

What is SPF?

Solar Power Fiesta?? NO.

SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor, the ability for your sunscreen to protect you against UVB radiation, the kind that causes sunburn and skin cancer. The SPF number tells you how long it would take for the sun’s UV rays to burn your skin when using the sunscreen as directed versus the time not wearing any. 

A sunscreen with an SPF of 30 should take you 30 times longer to burn compared to if you weren’t wearing any sunscreen. For example, if you tend to burn after 10 minutes being in the sun without sunscreen, then wearing SPF30 sunscreen should prevent you burning for about 300 mins.

This is a rough estimate that depends on skin type, sun intensity and amount of sunscreen used.

However, most people do not apply enough sunscreen so their SPF 30 may actually be only SPF20 which is why many dermatologists recommend wearing at least SPF50 so there’s more coverage even if we don’t apply sunscreen well.

SPF 15, SPF 30 and SPF 50, what’s the diff?

Contrary to popular belief, doubling your SPF does not mean double the sun protection.

In fact, SPF 15 blocks 93% of UVB rays, SPF 30 blocks 97% of UVB rays and SPF 50 blocks 98% of UVB rays.

In Australia, the maximum SPF approved by TGA is SPF50+

There is no sunscreen that can offer 100% protection from UV rays which is why it is important to use other forms of sun protection even when using sunscreen e.g. seeking shade, wearing a hat, protective clothing and sunglasses.

However, most people do not apply enough sunscreen so their SPF 30 may actually be only SPF20 which is why many dermatologists recommend wearing at least SPF50 so there’s more coverage even if we don’t apply sunscreen well.

What should I look out for in a sunscreen?

TGA certification – AUST number and registration on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG). TGA strongly recommends against unapproved sunscreens or homemade sunscreens as they often do not protect against UV radiation

Broad Spectrum to protect against both UVA and UVB rays

High SPF – At least SPF 30 though most dermatologists recommend SPF 50 for better coverage in case we don’t apply sunscreen well enough

Australian made – Australia has one of the highest SPF standards in the world. Not only do they have to be made in government approved facilities that are audited yearly,  they also have to undergo strict testings by independent laboratories to ensure the highest standards are met.

What else can I do to protect myself from harmful UV rays?

Slip on a shirt

Slap on a hat

Seek shade

Slide on some sunnies

Will you be making a spray sunscreen?

No, we feel there is a safety concern with the use of aerosol sunscreens and the fine particle mist they create. The mist can be easily inhaled into the lungs causing lung irritation and their ingredients could be absorbed into the bloodstream.

Recent research by the Cancer Council and the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency show that it is extremely difficult to get good levels of UV protection from these products.

Propellants used in aerosol type sunscreens can dilute the amount of sunscreen dispensed and because these sunscreens spray on invisibly, it’s hard to tell where and how much has been applied, resulting in uneven coverage. 

Why are physical sunscreens more expensive than regular chemical sunscreens?

The cost of ingredients to make our mineral sunscreens is significantly higher than the cost of ingredients in most chemical sunscreens.

Regular sunscreens are made of mostly water and synthetic chemicals which is not expensive.

Our sunscreen does not contain any water and our active ingredient zinc oxide is our single most expensive ingredient used in our sunscreens.

Our sunscreen is also made in Australia which has higher labor cost than most commercial sunscreens made elsewhere.

Seriously, What's the best sunscreen for me?

The best sunscreen for you is the one that you will use EVERYDAY. (we're serious!)

Sooo, this has to be one that you enjoy wearing otherwise you're less likely to wear it, amirite?

Ultimately, we care about your skin and we don't want you to get skin cancer or look wayyy older than you should, so if you prefer another brand sunscreen, or even a chemical sunscreen, use that, we promise we won't get jealous.

All we ask is if you're going to the beach or anywhere near fishies, maybe try a physical sunscreen instead? And if you find one that you enjoy wearing everyday, CELEBRATE!!!

Do sunscreens expire?

Hate to break it to you but just like any other cosmetic product, sunscreens do expire. Our sunscreens have a 3 year shelf life. Though ours last longer than most commercial sunscreen thanks to our no water formula, it is always important to check the crimp of tube for expiry date.

OUR SUNSCREEN

IS SUNSLAYER Sunscreen TGA Approved?

100% YES! We’re legit, our sunscreens passed Australia’s SPF standards which are one of the highest in the world.

We are proud to be working with a local WA manufacturer that specializes in sunscreens and are TGA (AUS) and FDA (USA) licensed.

Our formula is certified SPF50 and meets Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 2604:2012.

You can view our TGA certificate on the Australian Therapeutic Goods Register

AUST L 354460 – SUNSLAYER SUNSCREEN SPF 50

Is SUNSLAYER Sunscreen Reef Safe?

Absolutely! This is the reason why we started SUNSLAYER.

Every year 14,000 tons of sunscreen ends up in our oceans.

Our formula does not contain any of the following ingredients:

Microplastic spheres or beads

Nanoparticles

Oxybenzone

Octinoxate

Octocrylene

4-methylbenzylidene camphor (4-MBC)

Para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA)

Parabens

Triclosan

Benzene

SLS/SLES

*This list is based on research done by Haereticus Environmental Laboratory and the Environmental Working Group.

As for our zinc, we use micronized zinc which is about 50microns in size, 500 times bigger than nano particles.

I heard that the term "reef safe" is not actually a thing?

You are probably referring to recent research by Mitchelmore and team about organic ultraviolet filter exposure, hazard and risk to coral. Mitchelmore and team reviewed 20 studies (up to June 2020) and their findings show that "there is limited evidence to suggest that their presence (UV filters) is causing significant harm to coral reefs."

However, they also concluded that "based on the current data set, it would be premature to conclude that environmental concentrations of UV filters do not adversely impact coral reefs."

Mitchelmore and team pointed out that there is limited data available for many UV filters in coral habitats.

We feel that this area of research is still relatively new and because there have been some harm shown to corals in past studies (Danovaro 2008, Tsui 2014, McCoshum 2016, Tsui 2017, Wood 2018, Fel 2019, He 2019, Stien 2020, Wijgerde 2020.), we prefer to err on the side of caution and avoid these ingredients said to harm coral.

If we can use an alternative sunscreen that's just as good for us, why not?

We won't run out of UV filters as new ones are being created all the time.

We agree with the recommendations made by Mitchelmore and team which include (but are not limited to) standardizing coral toxicity tests and providing future studies with a framework so they can build and leverage on current data.

Our hope is for more quality research into this area of study so we can make informed, evidence based decisions that will benefit both us and our oceans.

Is your Zinc nano?

No it isn’t! We use micronized zinc which is about 50microns in size, 500 times bigger than nano particles.

Is SUNSLAYER Sunscreen Vegan & Cruelty Free?

100% YES! Our sunscreen contains no animal products and we will never ever EVER test our sunscreen on animals. Unless you count our friend Matt who is abit wild and hairy.

Is SUNSLAYER Sunscreen Water Resistant?

Heck Yeah! As ocean lovers, we swim & dive all the time so we made sure SUNSLAYER is water resistant to 4 hours to keep up with us.

We advise regular reapplication every 2 hours or after swimming, sweating or towelling to ensure adequate protection.

Can I use your sunscreen whilst pregnant and breastfeeding?

YES - our sunscreen is safe for pregnancy and breastfeeding. Your skin might be sensitive during this time (thanks hormones) so it's good to use a natural physical sunscreen like ours.

However we advise that you speak to your doctor first before starting any new skincare routines or if you have any concerns.

Is your sunscreen safe for babies and kids?

YASS. Sunslayer is safe for babies above 6 months of age, children and those with sensitive skin. As with any new product, we recommend a patch test first to check for any sensitivity.

What about babies under 6 months of age?

Well, the TGA and Australasian College of Dermatologists recommend minimising the use of sunscreen on babies less than 6 months of age by using only on small portions of the body that can’t be covered by clothing and shade. Again, always spot check first.

Why is your sunscreen in an aluminium tube & cap?

We want to make recycling super duper easy for you. When you’re done with it, just place the cap back on and put it in your recycling bin. It then gets picked up by your local metal recycling plant, shredded, washed and turned into the next soft drink can!

Every year 8 million tons of plastic ends up in our oceans, the equivalent of 2 garbage truck full of plastics every minute. As regular beach clean up volunteers, we’ve seen this pollution firsthand.

We believe we can change the tide on plastics one sunscreen at a time. Aluminium is infinitely recyclable and Australia is fantastic at recycling aluminium (90% rate) compared to plastics (10%).

See our page on Sustainability for more information.

How do I include your sunscreen in my skincare routine?

Use SUNSLAYER sunscreen after/instead of moisturizer.

If you have oily skin or are prone to acne, we'd recommend leaving out the moisturizer and using just the sunscreen.

Is your sunscreen greasy? I’m worried about breakouts.

The only thing we like greasy is our burgers.

Though our formula is oil based, we made sure our sunscreen does not feel oily or sticky, it absorbs into the skin quickly, rubs in clear and has a nice dewy finish. 

In fact, if you have sensitive skin and are prone to inflammation or acne, our physical sunscreen might actually be better for you due to its high zinc content and special blend of antibacterial plant based ingredients. As long as you cleanse your face thoroughly after sunscreen use, you'll be A-ok.

If you’re worried, we recommend consulting your dermatologist for advice.

How much should I use?

We’re so glad you asked!

Sunscreen regulations require us to use the words “Apply liberally” however tbh that sounds wayyy too much.

TGA recommends at least 1/2 teaspoon for the face, neck and ears every two hours or 1 teaspoon for each limb, front and back of the body.

We recommend the following:

FACE - 1 pea size blob or 1/4 tsp should do it.

FACE & NECK - 2 pea size blob or ½ tsp.

EACH LIMB – ½ to 1 tsp

FRONT/BACK TORSO – ½ to tsp

You should see a nice & light sheen. If you see whiteness, there might be too much there, spread it.

The above is an estimate based on average face/body sizes and the SPF testing amount (2mg per cm2).

Can I wear makeup over your sunscreen?

Yes you certainly can! Our sunscreen makes a fantastic primer before your foundation. We promise no pilling (we know – not a cute look).

What do your sunscreens smell like?

Erm.. nothing really. Our sunscreen is Fragrance Free, perfect for small children and those with sensitive skin.

Yikes! I left your sunscreen in the sun by accident and now it’s runny ☹️

Don’t worry babes. Just put it in the fridge, a glass of water or your esky if you’re still outside and voila! It be good as new.

More Sunscreen Questions

Does your sunscreen contain palm oil or any derivatives?

None at all!

What are “Active Ingredients”?

Active ingredients in sunscreen are the ingredients responsible for absorbing, reflecting, or filtering the UV radiation.

In our case, our only active ingredient is non nano zinc oxide. We do not use any chemical UV filters.

Will your sunscreen sting my eyes?

Not at all. We've tested it ourselves while snorkeling, swimming and diving in the ocean and we are pleased to say that we did not experience any stinging!

AUSTRALIAN SHIPPING

How much is shipping?

We use Australia Post for all our shipping.

FREE SHIPPING for orders of $50 & over

For orders under $50, a flat rate of $5 applies.

EXPRESS SHIPPING is available for a flat rate of $10.

 

PS: If using a discount code an order must reach $50 after discount has been applied to receive free shipping.

For more information, please see our page on Shipping.

How long will my order take to arrive?

Our lovely local fulfillment centre work extra fast to prepare and pack your pretty little order, that usually takes 1-2 business days.

From there, we use Australia Post and you can check when your delivery might arrive here:

https://auspost.com.au/parcels-mail/calculate-postage-delivery-times/#/

Our postcode is 6107

 

STANDARD SHIPPING: about 3-9 business days

EXPRESS SHIPPING: about 2-3 business days

For more information on Aus Post current delivery times, click here.  

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING

Do you ship outside of Australia?

Oh yes, we ship all over the world!

However, due to COVID-19 restrictions, some countries are currently not accepting deliveries.

You can check your country's delivery service using the link below:

https://auspost.com.au/parcels-mail/calculate-postage-delivery-times/#/

Click on the "Overseas" tab and scroll down to your country of choice.

How much does it cost and how long will it take?

For Standard and Express shipping, we use Australia Post and your country’s local mail carrier. Once you place an order, an email with tracking number will be sent to you.

Once the parcel lands in your destination country, the tracking number may update to your local mail carrier.

For Express shipping, this service includes signature on delivery.

NEW ZEALAND:

Standard $10 (7-14 business day), Express $20 (6-12 business days)

ASIA:

Standard $10 (20-30 business days), Express $20 (15-20 business days)

USA, CANADA & PACIFIC ISLANDS:

Standard $15 (10-15 business days), Express $30 (5-10 business days)

UK & EUROPE:

Standard $20 (15-20 business days), Express $40 (7-14 business days)

REST OF THE WORLD:

Standard $20 (20-30 business days), $40 (15-20 business days)

- Due to COVID-19 restrictions, some countries are experiencing delays or are not currently accepting deliveries. Please check current estimated delivery times using the link below:

https://auspost.com.au/parcels-mail/calculate-postage-delivery-times/#/

Our postcode is 6107.

- Our International shipping fees do not include possible taxes and duties which could be applied by customs in your country. Once your parcel has left Australia, any additional charges including import taxes, custom duties or any other fees imposed are at your expense.

- To comply with Australian regulations, we are required to declare the exact value of all product(s) ordered and to mark them as “merchandise” even if you are buying it as a gift for someone else.

If you have any questions or special shipping needs, please contact hello@sunslayer.com.au

We will do our best to make sure your parcel gets to you! We are excited for you to try it 😊

For more info, see our page on Shipping.

How about the tax and duties?

Our International shipping fees do not include possible taxes and duties which could be applied by customs in your country.

Once your parcel has left Australia, any additional charges including import taxes, custom duties or any other fees imposed are at your expense.

To comply with Australian export regulations, we are required to declare the exact value of all product(s) ordered and to mark them as “merchandise” even if you are buying it as a gift for someone else.

If you have any questions or special shipping needs, please contact hello@sunslayer.com.au

For more info, please see our page on Shipping.

Do you ship to international PO Boxes?

Yes we can ship to International PO Boxes!

ORDER

Yikes! Something’s happened and my order has been sent back to you ☹

All good! Just send us an email ASAP to hello@sunslayer.com.au so we can sort this out and get your lovely order back to you.

Please note that a *$15 redelivery fee will apply if you enter an incorrect address and the parcel is returned to us or if you did not pick up your item from the post office and the parcel is sent back to us.  

*Aus Post redelivery fee is $12 per parcel and admin fee is $3.

I’ve made a mistake with my order, can I edit or cancel my order?

Unfortunately, our fulfilment team is pretty fast and there’s often little to no time between your order being confirmed and them packing it up.

However, we’ll always try our best to accommodate requests so please email us at hello@sunslayer.com.au and we’ll see what we can do.

Oh no! I’ve put the wrong address in, how do I change my address?

Unfortunately, our fulfilment team is pretty fast and there’s often little to no time between your order being confirmed and them packing it up.

We can try to contact AusPost and have it redirected but this isn’t always possible.

We’ll always try our best to accommodate requests so please email us at hello@sunslayer.com.au and we’ll see what we can do.

Please note that a *$15 redelivery fee will apply if we have to resend your order due to an incorrect address. 

*Aus Post redelivery fee is $12 per parcel and admin fee is $3.

RETURNS

Do you do returns or refunds?

Unfortunately, due to hygiene reasons, we do not do returns or refunds.

If you have any problems with your order or wish to provide some feedback, please contact us via our contact page or email us at hello@sunslayer.com.au.

RANDOM QUESTIONS (thanks for asking!)

What's your fave beaches in WA?

You know we love our beaches. Our favourite beaches in WA are Turquoise beach (Exmouth), Pinky's Beach & Little Salmon Bay (Rottnest), Coogee beach and Floreat beach (Perth). What's yours?

Favourite ice cream flavour?

Do we have to choose one? It's either Salted caramel , Pistachio gelato or Mango sorbet. Mmm... yums..

Favourite ocean animals?

Our fave sea animals are Turtles, Seals and Manta Rays! And in case you're wondering, our fave land animal is obvs the Quokka. Cutie.

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