According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the incidence of both non-melanoma and melanoma skin cancers has been increasing over the past decades, and WHO estimates that a 10 % decrease in ozone levels will result in an additional 300 000 non-melanoma and 4 500 melanoma skin cancer cases globally. More than 20 000 South Africans were diagnosed with the most common non-melanoma skin cancers (basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma) in 2014 and more than 1500 were diagnosed with melanoma.

It is important to take note of the fact that everyone, regardless of racial or ethnic group, is at risk of getting skin cancer. Although people with darker skins are less susceptible, because their skin contains more natural melanin, that protects against sun damage, everyone is at risk from the harsh African sun.

Although people with darker skins are at a lower risk of melanoma than lighter skinned groups, the majority of basal cell carcinomas, in people with darker skins, occur in sun-exposed skin, indicating that sun protection is paramount, regardless of pigment. ¹

In darker skins, 70 % of melanomas have been reported to be on the lower limb, with 90% of those being below the ankle. The most common subtype, acral lentiginous melanoma, appears on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. ²

Nikki Seboni believed that skin cancer was a white person’s disease, until she was diagnosed at the age of 25 years. Read more here https://cansa.org.za/nikki-overcomes-malignant-melanoma-at-25/

¹ Gloster HM Jr, Neal K. Skin cancer in skin of color. J Am Acad Dermatol 2006;55:741-60
² Hudson DA, Krige JE. Melanoma in black South Africans. J Am Coll Surg 1995;180:65-71

Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of a sunscreen is a measure of how well it protects the skin from sunburn. 1. SPF30 sunscreen admits 1/30th of the ambient UV. 2. SPF50 admits 1/50th of the ambient UV. Sunscreens always need to be applied liberally to achieve the SPF protection. SPF30+ offers protection from Ultra Violet (UV) radiation filtering out 96.7 per cent of UV radiation. SPF50+ offers protection from Ultra Violet (UV) radiation filtering out 98 per cent of UV radiation. SPF50+ or SPF30+ sunscreen still needs to be applied as liberally, re-applied every two hours (or after swimming, exercising and towel drying) and used in combination with other sun protection measures including sun protective hats, protective clothing, sunglasses and shade.

Apply 15 minutes before going outdoors. Rub thoroughly onto skin and apply to all exposed areas such as face, neck, ears, back of hands and feet. Re-apply every one to two hours. If you spend a great deal of time outdoors, especially when and where the sun is the strongest/harshest you will need an SPF30 or higher, water resistant sunscreen. Sunscreen must also be re-applied immediately after swimming or sweating. Source: CANSA Association & Skin Care Foundation.

Environmental Protection: It helps safeguard coral reefs and marine ecosystems by avoiding harmful chemicals found in traditional sunscreens.

Compliance: It ensures compliance with bans on certain sunscreens in areas like Hawaii and the Caribbean.

Personal Health: Reef-safe sunscreens use mineral-based ingredients, reducing potential health risks and skin irritation.

Effective Sun Protection: They provide broad-spectrum sun protection and are often water-resistant.

Biodegradability: Some options are biodegradable, minimizing their impact on the environment.

Ethical and Sustainable: Choosing reef-safe products supports brands prioritizing environmental responsibility.

Even when it is cloudy and overcast, up to 80 percent of the sun’s UV radiation reaches the earth. This means going unprotected on an overcast day can still lead to skin damage.

SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. The number tells you how long the sun’s UVB rays would take to redden your skin if you apply the sunscreen exactly as directed compared with the amount of time without sunscreen.
So, if you use an SPF 30 product properly, it would take you 30 times longer to burn than if you used no sunscreen.
Source: https://www.skincancer.org/skin…/sun-protection/sunscreen/Source: skincancer.org

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The sunscreen will filter both UVA and UVB rays.
UVB rays are the main cause of sunburn
UVA rays are the main cause of wrinkles, thickened and blotchy skin Both contribute to skin cancer risk.
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Your skin will thank you later 😉

Photosensitivity is heightened skin sensitivity or an unusual reaction when your skin is exposed to UV radiation from sunlight or a tanning bed.
Here are some sun protection basics
1. Minimize your exposure to UV radiation from the sun and avoid indoor tanning beds. Seek shade and avoid the sun between 10am and 4pm whenever possible.

3. Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a hat and sun protective clothing.

4. Apply broad-spectrum sunscreen of atleast SPF30 or higher and reapply sunscreen every one to two hours.

5. Check your skin monthly and book your annual dermatologist visit.
Source: skincancer.org

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Parabens are a group of chemicals widely used as artificial preservatives in body care products. Parabens can disrupt hormones in the body and harm fertility and reproductive organs, affect birth outcomes, and increase the risk of cancer. They can also cause skin irritation.


Ocean Freedom is built on being community minded and a portion of our sales support the Roxy Davis Foundation Surf Therapy Programme, a NPO teaching South Africans with a physical, intellectual, cognitive or sensory disability how to surf.

Our sunscreens have been awarded the CANSA Seal of Recognition denoting Ocean Freedom sunscreens as CANSA Smart Choice Sunscreen products for cancer risk reduction.


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