Why Multitasking SPFs Just Won’t Cut It – Unveiling the Hidden Truth

Woman with a sun protection rashguard, wide brim hat and sunglasses

In the ever-evolving realm of skincare, the importance of SPF cannot be overstated. Yet, despite widespread awareness of the dangers of sun exposure, a startling revelation surfaces: a staggering 80% of Gen Z individuals either overlook or misunderstand the necessity of daily SPF application, as revealed by a recent survey conducted by SkinProud.


Sun Protection Statistics

Among Gen Z, a concerning trend emerges: 63% forego daily SPF protection altogether, while a shocking 77% mistakenly believe they’re shielded by incorporating SPF into multi-tasking products such as foundations, moisturisers, or serums. However, this reliance on multitasking SPFs poses a critical question: are they truly effective?

Amidst Australia’s sobering reality of being one of the world’s hotspots for skin cancer, with statistics from the NSW Cancer Council painting a grim picture of two out of three individuals facing skin cancer by the age of 80, and 95% of melanoma cases attributed to sun exposure, the urgency of proper SPF usage cannot be overstated.


What About Multitasking SPF Products?

Navigating through a sea of misinformation propagated by digital platforms, influencers, and ill-informed celebrities, it becomes evident that seeking guidance from trusted sources, namely dermatologists or skincare experts, is paramount.

But what’s the crux of the issue with multitasking SPF products? Unlike dedicated SPFs, multitaskers merely incorporate SPF without meeting stringent TGA guidelines essential for true sun protection efficacy. Moreover, adhering to the Cancer Council’s recommendation of applying a generous 35ml of sunscreen per application underscores the impracticality of relying on multitasking products.

Are we truly covering every exposed inch with our beloved serums or foundations?


How To Protect Yourself from the Sun

The ramifications of inadequate sun protection may not manifest immediately, particularly among Gen Z individuals who have yet to witness the full extent of sun damage. However, prioritising sun safety need not be a daunting task. By adopting simple yet effective measures:

  • Embrace protective clothing, including long sleeves and rash vests, especially during outdoor activities.
  • Apply a liberal amount of SPF 30+ or higher, reapplying every two hours or after swimming or heavy perspiration.
  • Opt for broad-brimmed hats to shield the face, nose, and ears from harmful UV rays.
  • Seek shade during peak sun hours.
  • Safeguard your eyes with stylish sunglasses offering UV protection.
  • And don’t forget to schedule annual skin checks with a dermatologist, particularly if you have a family history of skin cancer or are deemed high risk.


Our Sun Protection Recommendations

Sun protec tion recommendations including SFP and rashguard

In the pursuit of reliable sun protection, we’ve curated a selection of top picks:


In essence, let’s debunk the myth of multitasking SPFs and embrace a dedicated approach to sun protection, safeguarding not just our skin but our overall well-being. With May being Melanoma Awareness Month, it’s crucial we stay sun safe and embrace the importance of skin health.

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