sun FAQs


The sun is meant to be enjoyed but you have to know the basics to make your time in the sun safer. Below we answer some of your most pressing sun care questions.

It is important to wear sunscreen to shield your skin from harmful UV rays.

Ultra-violet (UV) rays are emitted from the sun and travel to the earth in wavelengths. The UV wavelengths are very small, but they contain high levels of energy that penetrate human flesh, changing the structure of the skin cells. Some of these skin cells are assigned the job of producing melanin, which creates a brown coloring. This is how the tanning process is activated. Melanin provides varying degrees of natural protection from sun damage. Individuals with darker skin have more melanin than those with fair skin, therefore more natural protection.

UV rays are classified into 3 regions according to the frequency of their wavelengths. The wavelengths are so small they are measured in nanometers (nano=one billionth of a meter). Infrared radiation (760 - 3000 nm) can also be harmful to the skin, resulting in squamous/ basal cell carcinoma and direct skin-aging changes.

Sunscreen products contain ingredients that help protect your skin from UV rays which can cause sunburn.

SPF stands for ‘sun protection factor’ and the 50 in SPF50 refers to the amount of protection the sun screen offers compared to unprotected skin.

SPF 50+ sunscreens are formulated to allow less damaging rays to reach your skin’s surface than lower SPF sunscreens. For example, when applied correctly, SPF30+ allows 3.3% of UVB rays to reach your skin while SPF 50+ allows only 2% to reach your skin. This may not sound like much of a difference, but over a lifetime of UV exposure, it all adds up.

Daily use of sun protection can significantly reduce the potential health risks associated with exposure to UV rays and can help prevent long-term damage.

UVB rays are the burning rays and are stronger during the summer months. The UVA rays that cause long-term damage to the skin are prevalent year-round. IR rays are the invisible, heat rays that affect your skin much like a heat lamp. Look for products that offer protection from all three.

Be aware of incidental sun exposure. This occurs during such routine activities as walking the dog or standing outside chatting with a neighbor.

We are happy to help answer any questions you may have. If you haven’t found what you need on our website, please call our customer care line at 1800 761 186

Hawaiian Tropic® has been re-formulated for Australasia and meet the TGA standards. We understand that you need important sun protection on the outside – Hawaiian Tropic protects your skin, moisturises it and leaves it feeling silky soft. No other sunscreen offers quite the same indulgent experience...or the famous tropical scent that’s unmistakably Hawaiian Tropic!

PETA stands for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. PETA is the largest animal rights organisation in the world, with more than 6.5 million members and supporters.

Hawaiian Tropic has been officially certified as a Cruelty Free brand by PETA through their Beauty without Bunnies program. This certification means we do not test any of our Hawaiian Tropic ingredients, formulas or finished products on animals and we do not sell any of our products in markets that require testing.