The 6 excuses people use for not wearing sunscreen: solved.

Thanks to our brand partner, Sunsense

When it comes to skincare, using a high-SPF, broad-spectrum sunscreen is one of the easiest steps you can take to help make sure your skin looks radiant at whatever age.

For protection against skin cancer and melanoma, it’s a non-negotiable that goes hand in hand with other practices like wearing hats, sunglasses, long-sleeved and well-covered clothing, and seeking shade where possible.

However, if you still sometimes forget the all-important step of SPF, we are here to help with a few tips on how to solve the sunscreen dilemmas you might have.

In each tip, we’ve included a solution from SunSense’s expertly formulated, fragrance-free range of SPF50 and SPF50+ sunscreens*, which have the highest SPF available in Australia**. Your skin will thank you.


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Excuse 1: My kids hate touching up their SPF during the day.

Try this: SunSense Clear Mist SPF50, RRP $17.99.

Make applying SPF as easy as spritzing on a face mist. Kids will love the novelty of the spray, while you’ll love how easy it is to help keep their skin protected from the sun’s harmful rays. SunSense’s Clear Mist provides three hours water resistance, UVA and UVB broad spectrum protection, and it contains Vitamin B3, and Vitamin E, to help keep your face feeling moisturised and nourished.

FYI, it’s also great for adults who also tend to skip the SPF touch-ups.


Excuse 2: Sunscreen does weird things to my makeup.

Try this: SunSense Daily Face SPF50+, RRP $14.99.

If you don’t like the feeling of wearing multiple layers of product, the warmer weather can be the perfect time to switch to a lighter base. For example, instead of a foundation, try a tinted moisturiser with SPF, and use concealer to cover blemishes and redness.

You’ll look and feel fresher, no matter the temperature, or humidity level.


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Excuse 3. It just sweats off anyway.

Try this: SunSense Sport SPF50+, RRP $16.95.

We get it. SPF is the last thing you want to apply when you’re having fun outdoors, whether that’s playing sports, hiking, or spending a day at the beach. However, the sunburn that comes with not protecting your skin is never worth it, so keep yourself well covered with wide-brimmed hats and clothing that keeps you protected from the harsh sun.

If you’re moving around a lot during the day, opt for a product which has been specially designed for strenuous activity, like SunSense’s Sport SPF 50+. Not only is it sand and sweat resistant, it also offers four hours of water resistance, giving you more time for fun. Just remember to reapply every two hours or after swimming or towelling yourself or others dry.

For the super busy, it’s also available in a 50mL roll-on size, for quick and easy usage, so you have no excuses for not reapplying.

SunSense Sport SPF50+. Image: Mamamia.

Excuse 4. I just can't be bothered.

Try this: SunSense Anti-Ageing Face SPF50+, RRP $20.95.

This is multi-tasking at its best. Opt for an SPF which not only gives you UVA and UVB broad-spectrum protection, but also incorporates added skincare benefits to give you even more incentive to add the extra step into your routine.

SunSense's Anti-Ageing Face SPF50+ formulation includes gentle AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) which work to increase cell turnover, and can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

It's worth being bothered in the short term if you're helping your skin in the long term.

Excuse 5: I never know which one to use on my littlies.

Try this: SunSense Sensitive SPF50+, RRP $18.95.

If you want something to help protect the delicate skin of your children or babies, have complete peace of mind by using a sunscreen that's tested by experts. SunSense's Sensitive SPF50+ has been paediatrician tested and is suitable for babies six months and older.

It’s also free from chemical absorbers that, while perfectly safe and effective for adults, may be a little bit harsh for little one's super-sensitive skin. SunSense Sensitive SPF50+ also provides four-hour water resistance. Perfect for holidays and outdoor day trips - just pack it in your day bag so you have it on hand to reapply regularly.

Excuse 6. I just don't like the way SPF feels on my face.

Try this: SunSense Moisturising Face SPF 50+, RRP $14.99.

Simplify your morning routine by combining your moisturiser and SPF in one easy step. Give SunSense's Moisturising Face SPF 50+ a try, and you won't be able to tell the difference between this and your normal face cream. Promise.


Not only is the 'milky' texture super lightweight, nourishing and instantly absorbed, it's also non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t clog your pores. It also works as a great base for makeup.

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SunSense Moisturising Face SP50+. Image: Mamamia.

So that's our little guide to help you with how to choose your sunscreen, and get over the barriers some of us have to regularly applying when needed.

Just remember that standard sunscreen application rules still apply. Make sure you or your kids pop your SPF on 20 minutes before heading outside, and follow the seven teaspoon rule.

Use one teaspoon of sunscreen for each arm, and leg, and another to your front, and back, and finish things off with half a teaspoon to the face and neck.

What are your best tips on making sure you wear sunscreen each and every day? Tell us in a comment below.

Always read the label. Follow the directions for use. Avoid prolonged sun exposure and wear protective clothing, hats and eyewear to further reduce risk. Frequent re-application is required.

*Fragrance-free range excludes SunSense Clear Mist SPF50 and SunSense Clear Gel SPF50

**Highest label claim allowed as per AS:NZS 2604:2012; Very High, SPF50+, Broad Spectrum

This article was brought to you with thanks to our brand partner, SunSense.


SunSense is dedicated to protecting sun aware Australians serious about protecting themselves and their families from the sun's harmful rays. Our range has been developed to suit individual ages and skin types, making it the perdect sunscreen for every occasion.
As part of our commitment to protect Aussies, we've partnered with the Melanoma Institute of Australia, to highlight rates of Melanoma globally.
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