It is a well known fact that one in three Australians will be diagnosed with a skin cancer in their lifetime, so logic says that Aussies should be experts on sun protection, right?
But often, consumers will only think to apply sunscreen and not give much thought as to where the sunscreen they use is made. Of course we are biased about Australian made sunscreen, but here are five reasons why Australian-made means "better".
FACT 1: Sunscreens with an SPF rating higher than 15 must be approved and licensed by the TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration) because it is considered a medical grade product. Seriously, who is actually going out in the sun without a decent SPF rating these days anyway?
FACT 2: The TGA maintain strict guidelines for sunscreen approval and licensing, including rigorous, independent testing. They must meet mandatory requirements for labelling, advertising, testing and ingredient requirements.
The TGA states, "Sunscreens must be manufactured by a TGA approved manufacturing facility, and can only include TGA approved ingredients - each of which has been assessed for safety."
FACT 3: When a sunscreen is classified as therapeutic good, they are also required to be included in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) before they can legally be marketed in Australia.
Companies who supply sunscreen to the Australian market must also comply with info in the Australian Regulatory Guidelines for Sunscreens.
FACT 4: Australia has one of the highest standards in the world when it comes to regulating sunscreen and must meet the requirements set out in the Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 2604:2012 Sunscreen Products - Evaluation and Classification. This standard, by Standards Australia, is independent to the TGA.
FACT 5: Buying Australian-made means you do your bit for the Australian economy, helping support businesses and employment. Every purchase has a ripple effect that flows right back to those you know!