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What’s the Difference Between SPF30 and SPF50?

What’s the Difference Between SPF30 and SPF50?


I’m a big believer in knowing what you put on your skin. This goes for everything – skincare, make-up, body products and ­– most importantly – sunscreen! If you don’t know the difference between SPF50 and SPF30, this blog is for you!

Here’s what I want you to know about sunscreen and why it’s the most important part of your skincare routine…

What’s the difference between SPF30 and SPF50?

The answer to this one might surprise you. According to the Cancer Council, SPF50 sunscreen blocks out at least 98% of UV radiation, while SPF30 blocks out 96.7% of UV rays.

The difference is pretty small, so the most important thing is that you regularly reapply and use enough product on your skin!

The Cancer Council recommends using at least 1tsp of SPF30 sunscreen per limb at a minimum for best protection, so keep this in mind when you’re applying.

 What does ‘broad spectrum’ mean?

Broad-spectrum is an important feature to look for on your sunscreen, as this means it provides protection from both UVB rays – which are the main cause of sunburn – as well as UVA rays, which contribute to skin cancer growth.

Keep this in mind when shopping for sunscreen – broad-spectrum is the way to go, people!

How do I know if a sunscreen offers the right protection?

Not all sunscreens are created equal. The Cancer Council recommends that you use a SPF30 + broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen every day. Yes, you read that right – Every. Day. Don’t forget that part.

Eco Tan are proud sun and skin advocates and we encourage you to have a complete sun-safety regime and yearly skin checks! We beg you! This passion is why I designed an amazing SPF30, broad-spectrum sunscreen in line with the Cancer Council recommendations.

Not only is our natural sunscreen water-resistant, reef-friendly and made from natural ingredients, but it nourishes and protects the skin at the same time. Plus, our sustainable packaging is made from sugar cane pulp, so it’s great for your skin and the environment!

It’s the ultimate everyday summer sidekick, along with your hat, sunglasses and protective clothing!

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