Island Tribe – Being Sun Smart

If you’re like me, you know how incredible the sun is and how great it makes your body feel. I am always tanned and always find myself outdoors and in the sun. This summer has been insane already and we’re only in the middle of it! With that said, I have paired up with Island Tribe to be a little more sun smart this hot summer days.

Our weekend away I had some serious rays and we made sure to apply sunscreen after every dip in the pool and made sure to drink loads of water and catch some shade when ever we could. As great as the sun feels on your skin, the harmful rays have to be limited to avoid cancer and other dangerous diseases provoked by negligence.

Be Sun Smart: know how SPF works!

South Africa has one of the highest monitored Ultra Violet (UV) levels in the world,[1] and our country is heating up, receiving more UV exposure than in years gone by.[2] With skin cancer being a serious consequence of sun-damaged skin,1 it’s not good enough to just apply the first sunscreen you can lay your hands on. Do you know how long your sunscreen will protect you for?

The SPF, or Sun Protection Factor displayed on sunscreen is an indication of how well that product will protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UVB rays (Ultra Violet B).[3] These are the rays responsible for the redness of skin, burning, skin damage, skin spots and ultimately skin cancer.2 How the SPF number works is like this: if it takes your unprotected skin five minutes to start turning red in the sun, then an SPF 20 sunscreen will give you 20 times that number or minutes’ protection. (5 x 20 = 100 minutes, or 1 hour 40). If you turn red after five minutes and you use an SPF 50 sunscreen, you’ll get 50 times as much protection. (5 x 50 = 250 minutes, or 4 hours 10 minutes).3

Be sure to apply a sunscreen bearing the CANSA (Cancer Association of South Africa) Seal of Recognition (CSOR), like the Island Tribe range of products. As members of the Rainbow Nation, Island Tribe recognises South Africans’ diversity, and offers products for weekend warriors or full time adventurers. But underneath it all, we all need protection from the harsh African sun. One nation. One sun.


The Island Tribe brand was launched in 1992 with the aim of providing waterproof sun protection to surfers and other water sport enthusiasts. The range consisted of one product only, the Island Tribe Clear Gel, which to this day has proved successful. The brand is now distributed in 25 countries worldwide.

Island Tribe sunscreens are researched and developed by leading sunscreen laboratories in both South Africa and Australia, alongside professionals in the industry, to ensure that the formulas that are developed are world-class. Contact us for sunscreen certification and results and our lab will gladly assist you with technical details and information.

Island Tribe is a clinical and heavily researched sun-protection brand that specialises in sport and lifestyle sunscreens. We are not talking about any regular sunscreen. Island Tribe formulas are designed with a variety of users in mind, such as outdoor enthusiasts, young and old alike. Tame The Sun™ with Island Tribe’s wide variety, from Daily Use sun protection to After Sun.

Island Tribe sunscreens are designed to give the user effective protection against both UVA and UVB rays. We’ve learnt that a water-based sunscreen for water use is not the best way to have a long-lasting water-resistant sunscreen – that’s why we have formulated a non-water-based sunscreen solution that should be applied before and after water sport.

Island Tribe is recognised by the CANSA Organisation as a prevention against skin cancer.

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