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5 SunSmart Products to Get You Through Summer

17th October 2017

There are a few things to keep in mind when purchasing items for skin protection. To aid you in making good choices, we’ve put together some information that will help you stay SunSmart.


Keep your skin safe from sunburn by covering up with capable clothing. When it comes to SunSmart material, not all fabric is fantastic. As a general rule of thumb, if the fabric is sheer, more often than not, UV can easily pass through it. Look out for an Ultraviolet Protection Factor or UPF. These clever clothes can obstruct UV light with tightly constructed dyes – a rating of 50 or UPF 50+ will make sure your children are properly protected. Find some serious SunSmart threads at Platypus Australia and Babes in the Shade.


There are infinite options when shopping for your sunscreen. With bountiful broad-spectrums, formulations and packaging options available, it’s a case of trial and error in order to find the sunscreen best suited to you and yours. A sunscreen that’s comfortable and easy to apply will mean your children will be more willing to wear it. Always opt for a rating between SPF30+ and SPF50+ to make sure you’re properly protected. Storing a couple of smaller bottles to clip onto your bag or keep in your car means you’ll always be sun-ready. Find some super sunscreen here.

Related article: How to Stay SunSmart This Summer


Sun hats are way more than stylish accessories. It’s great to get into the practice of encouraging your children to wear one whenever they’re outside. Older children should opt for a bucket hat with a deep crown and an angled brim of at least 6cm. Wider brims should be about 7.5cm broad. Make sure that the side flaps and front peaks on a legionnaire hat meet in order to shade the side of your face. Find some handsome sun safe hats here and here.


We all know it doesn’t take long at all to start baking at the beach. While it can be hard to find a shady spot on the sand, it’s easy to make-your-own and enjoy time in the sun without the risk. Having some shade to seek makes gives you some relief to eat your ice cream and cool off before going for another dip. Find some stylish shape options here and here.

Slide Sunglasses

Don’t forget to protect your peepers. Sliding on a pair of sunnies will make sure you’re armed against the 3,000 hours of sunshine we enjoy every year. Look for the Eye Protection Factor (EPF) rating from 1 to 10 on the label and bear in mind that an EPF of 9 and above will give you the best block out and ensure that the glasses cover all of the eye area. Find a pair of SunSmart sunnies here and here.

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