Monday, 15 January 2018

6 Australia Day Essentials

Australia Day is fast approaching and it's one of my favourite days of the year!

I love joining in the festivities around Sydney Harbour, watching the iconic ferrython, tall ships and the Australia Day Harbour Parade of boats all decked out in their Aussie flags and decorations.

Then in the afternoon you can usually find me cooling off at the beach with my family and friends before we enjoy a casual relaxing BBQ dinner by the water.

Here are some of my Australia Day essentials:


Australia Day Essentials

1. Sunscreen

My number one Australia Day essential every single time is sunscreen!

Australia Day always seems to be scorching hot! As I spend the whole day outdoors I always slather on my sunscreen and take it along with me to reapply throughout the day.

Having previously experienced a malignant melanoma I always make sure I protect my skin when outdoors, especially in the burning Australian summer sun! 

My family and my personal favourite sunscreens are SunSense Ultra and SunSense Sport. 


SunSense Ultra SPF50+ & SunSense Sport SPF50+

Both are broad spectrum, SPF50+, easy to apply and readily absorbed.

They are Australian made and tested for Australian families. What else would you wear on Australia Day!

Recently they have both been reformulated to create an even lighter formula with the same great broad spectrum UV protection.

They were my family's favourite sunscreens before the new formulation. Now we love them even more! 

SunSense products are available from pharmacies and Priceline.

SunSense Sunscreen Products

2. Hat

A broad brimmed hat is an essential for me whenever I'm enjoying the outdoors, especially in summer. 

The above pictured Kmart hat is lightweight, easy to wear and offers good protection from both the heat and the damaging rays of the sun.

3. Australia Day Outfit

On Australia Day I love to get into the spirit of the day by wearing an Australian coloured outfit designed by an Australian company.

Dark blue to me is the best Australian colour to wear.

It's the colour of the harbour and the oceans surrounding our wonderful country. 

This year I'm planning on wearing the White Haven Emporium Short Sleeved Peak Front Maxi in Navy Gouache.


White Haven Emporium Short Sleeved Peak Front Maxi
in Navy Gouache

I love the swishablility of this dress. It is loose fitting, cool to wear and super comfortable.

It also has pockets! 

It's an absolute Australia Day winner!


White Haven Emporium Short Sleeved Peak Front Maxi 
in Navy Gouache

4. Erstwilder Candy Callistemon Brooch

As an eye catching additional Australiana feature to my outfit I'll be wearing the pretty pink Erstwilder Candy Callistemon brooch.

Erstwilder Candy Callistemon Brooch

Erstwilder have a range of Australiana brooches that are perfect to wear on Australia Day, or any other day to be honest! These brooches would also make fabulous gifts for overseas friends.

They have a wallaby, a golden wombat, a Rohan yellow tailed black cockatoo and a surf rescue brooch among many more. 

There is also an adorable pair of May Gibbs Snugglepot earrings and the cutest May Gibbs Nuttybub necklace.

The Candy Callistemon bottlebrush broochapart from being pink, which is my favourite colour, also contains glitter in the resin. 

The glitter sparkles so beautifully in the sunshine! 


Wearing the Erstwilder Candy Callistemon Brooch

5. Cheeki Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle

Another Australia Day essential for me is my Cheeki Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle.

I am so impressed with how icy cold it keeps my water ALL DAY! It's almost like being out and about with a mini fridge in your bag, that's how cold my water remains.

On the product's packaging it states it will keep liquids cold for 36 hours or hot for 24 hours. 


Cheeki Insulated Sunshine Grey Stainless Steel Water Bottle 

The other reason I love my Cheeki bottle is that it is eco friendly, helping me fulfill my new year's resolution of saying no to unnecessary plastic! 

I no longer have a need to buy disposable plastic bottles of water when I'm out and about as I always now take my Cheeki bottle.






I also love the fact that Cheeki is an Australian owned and run company that was founded on Sydney's Northern Beaches. 

6. Lamingtons

This last Australia Day essential was inserted into this post at my daughter's insistence. 

She read my draft post and advised me I'd left out the most important Australia Day essential of all - lamingtons!


Lamingtons

Our Australia Day BBQ is always finished off with a lamington or two so she definitely had a point!

Light and fluffy on the inside and wonderfully chocolate-y on the outside! These local bakery bought lamingtons are delicious!

Enjoy your Australia Day everyone!

What are your Australia Day plans and what are your Australia Day essentials?

Australia Day Essentials

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Ingrid.

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* Some of the above Australia Day essentials were kindly gifted to me for editorial consideration.
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Monday, 8 January 2018

How Much Sunscreen Should You Use?

How Much Sunscreen Should You Use?


Do you know how much sunscreen you need to use to provide the tested level of protection?


Recent studies suggest that most of us don't!

Studies have found that only 15% of Australians are using the recommended amount of sunscreen!

The average Australian applies just a quarter of the recommended amount of sunscreen required to provide the tested level of protection.

This is such a worrying statistic! 

You can buy the most effective sunscreen with the highest levels of SPF and UV protection but if you don't apply the recommended amount then even this sunscreen will not protect you sufficiently. 


So how much sunscreen is recommended I hear you ask.


According to research the answer is at least 40ml for your entire body.

This is divided up into:
  •  more than half a teaspoon (3ml) of sunscreen for your left arm
  •  more than half a teaspoon (3ml) of sunscreen for your right arm 
  •  more than half a teaspoon (3ml) of sunscreen for your face 
  •  more than half a teaspoon (3ml) of sunscreen for your neck
  •  more than 1 teaspoon (6ml) of sunscreen for your left leg
  •  more than 1 teaspoon (6ml) of sunscreen for your right leg
  •  more than 1 teaspoon (6ml) of sunscreen for the front of your body, and
  •  more than 1 teaspoon (6ml) of sunscreen for the back of your body.

Recommended Sunscreen Quantities

Based on the above amounts a 75ml tube of sunscreen should only last you just over two trips to the beach for one person! 

That's why, owning a well utilised backyard pool, I keep the biggest pump pack of SPF50+ sunscreen I can buy at our back door for family and friends to use. 

Having suffered with a malignant melanoma myself I don't want any of my family members or friends to go through what I had to endure!

And I also don't want you as a valued reader of Fabulous and Fun Life to suffer my fate either, hence this blog post!

There is currently a huge variety of sunscreens available in the market to enable you to find one that's suited to your needs.

One of my favourite brands of sunscreen is SunSense which has a large range of different styles of sunscreen to suit all variety of needs.


SunSense Sunscreens

SunSense Sunscreens

Two of my family's favourite sunscreen products over the past year have been SunSense Ultra and SunSense Sport. 

SunSense Ultra & SunSense Sport

Thanks to the inclusion of Vitamin B3 (Nicotinamide) and Vitamin E these sunscreens have the additional benefits of added moisturisers and anti-oxidants, giving you skincare as well as sunscreen! So brilliant! 

Both are broad spectrum, SPF50+ and are easy to apply and readily absorbed.

They are also fragrance, PABA and lanolin free, non-comedogenic, dermatologically tested and Australian made and owned.

Now however they have both been reformulated to an even lighter formula with the same great broad spectrum UV protection.

They were my family's favourite sunscreens before the new formulation. Now we love them even more! 

They feel so light and moisturising when applied.  

If you are looking for a highly effective sunscreen that isn't horribly thick and doesn't leave a white cast on your skin I highly recommend the SunSense Ultra and the SunSense Sport.

SunSense sunscreens are available exclusively in pharmacies and Priceline stores nationally.


SunSense Ultra, SunSense Sport & SunSense After Sun

 P.S. You might also be interested in reading: 9 Big Sunscreen Mistakes You Need To Avoid

I'd love you to share this post on your social media accounts to help increase sun safety awareness and help prevent other people going through the malignant melanoma dramas I went through. 
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Prior to reading this were you aware of the recommended level of sunscreen to use?

                        Do you use the recommended quantity of sunscreen?


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Ingrid.

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*The above photographed SunSense products were kindly gifted to me for editorial consideration but I have bought SunSense products numerous times myself for both my own and my family's use. All opinions are my own. Full disclosure policy here.