Australia gets SPF 50+

The Therapeutic Goods Administration has given the go-ahead to allow Australian sunscreens to be sold as SPF 50+. Many sunscreens already contain sufficient UVB protection to be classed as SPF 50+, but until now they have been unable to advertise this to consumers.

Now sunscreens with high enough protection will be able to advertise as SPF 50+, and all sunscreens will be required to include a new, higher protection level against UVA. UVA rays are the ones which cause skin cancer and are the main source of sun-induced skin ageing.

To find out more read Ratings increase for sun creams at The Age website.