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Below we've listed 5 easy steps to follow to ensure you are protected from the sun correctly and use the right amount of sunscreen to get the most bang for ya buck from a tube of Seagull Milk. Please ensure you always follow the directions on the back of the tube and implement the 5 easy steps outlined below. Also, remember to store your tube somewhere cooler than 30 degrees for best results.
Please note that when squeezing out Seagull Milk sunscreen it may be pretty different from others you have tried before, both to look at as well as to feel. Depending on the shelf life left, the storage and distribution in getting the tube to you, it may appear thick in consistency and or greyish in colour. If so do not be alarmed! It's totally normal over time for Seagull Milk to be varying degrees of white and even a light grey colour. This is caused from the vanilla extract fragrance in our sunscreen formula (which gives it it's amazing smell) mixing with the zinc oxide. It is not 'off' or 'gone bad' and will still provide you with the same SPF 50 protection.
For best results when using and storing your tube of Seagull Milk and for maximum sun protection, please follow these important tips.
1. Don't Rub Seagull Milk Sunscreen Between Your Hands
Many sunscreens consist of oils which make them greasy and a liquid consistency. This often means that most of the time they need to be rubbed in your hands before spreading over your body. However, with Seagull Milk, the texture is thicker and is much better directly applied to the area you are wanting protection on. Once you start spreading it, it thins out and rubs in smoothly. TIP 1 - Simply squeeze some sunscreen onto your fingers and then rub directly onto the face, limb or area you want protected.
2. A Little Bit Spreads A Long Way
Similarly to the first step, when using traditional sunscreen people often pump or squeeze out a lot of sunscreen. With Seagull Milk the application is different. A little amount spreads a long way and will rub in like a moisturiser absorbing into the skin. We recommend that you apply a small amount to start with and if the coverage isn't right for you, apply a bit more. If too much is used right away it may not absorb correctly, may bead on the skin or give you an uneven coverage. Your skin shouldn't be ghostly white like a zinc stick would do unless you're wanting a thicker coverage. TIP 2 - When you see a very slight white coverage on your skin, you have applied just the right amount for optimum protection.
3. Make Sure You Apply Sunscreen 20 Minutes Before Going Into Water Or Into Direct Sunlight
This rule applies to all sunscreens, chemical and mineral and by law is required to be on the label. Seagull Milk is a mineral sunscreen which has non nano zinc oxide as the sun barrier ingredient. In simple terms, zinc particles on application stand upright and take approximately 20 min to 'lay' down flat creating a mirror on the surface of the skin which will reflect the UV rays. Until this happens you are not protected from the UV rays and are open to sunburn. TIP 3 - If you apply any sunscreen and go straight into the water or sun without waiting at least 20 minutes, you need to be aware that you are NOT yet protected from sunburn.
Please see the cancer council and TGA websites for more about this.
4. Keep Seagull Milk Sunscreen In temperatures under 30 degrees.
It's a hard one especially when you're at the beach, but try to keep your Seagull Milk sunscreen in a sheltered space (in a bag) and away from direct sunlight or heat. TIP 4 - For optimum results store in a cool dry place.
5. Shake the Tube from Time to Time
On occasion and like many mineral/natural type sunscreens, if Seagull Milk gets hot or isn't used for a while or stored upright it may need a shake to balance out the formulation. Occasionally and when opening, it could be a bit liquidy at first or appear slightly different in texture. The sunscreen is still perfectly fine. TIP 5 - If this happens, shake the tube for 10 - 15 seconds so the consistency is right again.