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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

The sun is meant to be enjoyed — to lounge in, to play in, to bask in... but you have to know the basics to make your time in the sun safer. Below we answer some of your most pressing sun care questions.

Hawaiian Tropic


It was once widely believed that a 15 SPF product offered sufficient UV protection under most conditions. Over the last few years that school of thought has changed. It is now known that, often more sun protection is desirable.

It’s ideal to select a sun protection that blocks enough UV rays to adequately protect your skin type. Use the Sun Protection Factor Guide to help determine your skin type and appropriate SPF. If you have very fair or sensitive skin, a history of skin cancer, or take photo-sensitising medications, you may need a higher SPF.

Extended periods of sun exposure also call for a higher SPF. Hawaiian Tropic® Sun Care offers a full range of sun protection products up to an SPF50.


SPF ratings are determined in a laboratory setting. SPF30 products are estimated to allow 1/30 of the sun’s burning rays to get through to the skin (protects against almost 97% of the sun’s burning rays). SPF50 products are estimated to allow 1/50 of the sun’s burning rays to get through to the skin (protects against approximately 98% of the sun’s burning rays). Actual protection may vary and will depend on the user applying adequate amounts. Reapply at least every 2 hours or as directed on the package to help ensure adequate protection.


All sun care products are classified as over the counter (OTC) drugs and are regulated by the EU. It is not a current requirement to include expiration dating on sun care products as long as “products are proven stable for at least 3 years as supported by appropriate stability data.”

Hawaiian Tropic® products are subjected to rigorous testing procedures to assure strength, quality and purity. Data is generated on each Hawaiian Tropic® product to comply with regulatory requirements and to assure that Hawaiian Tropic® sun protection maintains their protective level for 3 years or more. Consumers may consider discarding unused portions of sun protection after 2 years. “When in doubt, throw it out.” If you would like to know when a particular product was manufactured, please include the name of the product and the code number inkjet printed on the bottle with your e-mail or written enquiry.


First of all, avoid sunburn! In the unfortunate event it happens, a burn relief product which includes Aloe Vera, such as Hawaiian Tropic® Silk Hydration Air Soft After Sun, can be used to moisturise and soothe the sunburned areas.

A doctor should be consulted in the case of severe sunburn. DO NOT use butter or petroleum-based ointments. DO NOT allow further sun exposure until your skin is completely healed.

What if I have more questions?

We are happy to help answer any questions you may have. If you haven’t found what you need on our website, please call our customer care line at 01494 216894


Hawaiian Tropic® has been a trusted Sun care icon for generations. The simple reason? We understand that you need important sun protection on the outside – but the way Hawaiian Tropic protects your skin, moisturises it, pampers it and leaves it feeling silky soft and deliciously tan makes you feel just as beautiful on the inside. No other sunscreen offers quite the same indulgent experience… or the famous tropical scent that’s unmistakably Hawaiian Tropic!

Sun safety

Why should I wear a Sun Protection?

UVB and UVA rays from the sun can be damaging to the skin – if the proper sun protection isn’t worn during sun exposure, this contributes to aging, can cause unsightly skin damage…and even skin cancer.

What causes sunburn and skin damage?

Ultra-violet (UV) rays are emitted from the sun and travel to the earth in wavelengths. The UV wavelengths are very small, but they contain high levels of energy that penetrate human flesh, changing the structure of the skin cells. Some of these skin cells are assigned the job of producing melanin, which creates a brown coloring. This is how the tanning process is activated. Melanin provides varying degrees of natural protection from sun damage. Individuals with darker skin have more melanin than those with fair skin, therefore more natural protection.

UV rays are classified into 3 regions according to the frequency of their wavelengths. The wavelengths are so small they are measured in nanometers (nano=one billionth of a meter). Infrared radiation (760 – 3000 nm) can also be harmful to the skin, resulting in squamous/ basal cell carcinoma and direct skin-aging changes.


Sunscreen products contain ingredients that help in absorbing, reflecting and/or scattering UV rays. These products are formulated to provide various levels of protection from UVA, UVB, and IR rays. The Sun Protection Factor rating system has been established by the Food and Drug Administration to measure primarily the amount of UVB sunburn protection the product will provide. No rating system has yet been established for measuring UVA protection.

The Sun Protection Factor (SPF) indicates how much longer an individual can be in the sun before becoming burned when using a sun protection product, than if he or she did not. For example, a fair skinned person who would normally start to burn after 10 minutes in the sun would receive 15 times that with an SPF 15 (150 minutes or 2 1/2 hours). If a person with darker skin takes longer to burn without protection, say 20 minutes, an SPF 15 would give him 300 minutes (5 hours). Reapplication using the same SPF reinforces the initial protection, but does not add time to the protection period. Application of a significantly higher SPF may extend the protection period, but should not be relied on if you suspect sunburn has begun to occur. Then it’s time to seek shade.


Daily use of sun protection can significantly reduce the potential health risks associated with exposure to UV rays and can help prevent long-term damage.

UVB rays are the burning rays and are stronger during the summer months. The UVA rays that cause long-term damage to the skin are prevalent year-round. IR rays are the invisible, heat rays that affect your skin much like a heat lamp. Look for products that offer protection from all three.

Be aware of incidental sun exposure. This occurs during such routine activities as walking the dog or standing outside chatting with a neighbour.


Well, a daily moisturiser with SPF is okay for the first two hours after you apply it. But if you put it on at 8 a.m. and are heading out to lunch at noon, be sure to apply more sun protection if you plan to sit outside – since you’ll be past the recommended 2-hour application period.

Love the sun – but respect your skin

Sun protection keeps your skin looking its very best. Just remember that the harmful effects of UV rays build up over time, so make sun care a part of your daily routine.

Did you know?

You can still get burned even when wearing a hat or sitting in the shade? It’s all about reflection – surfaces like water, sand, snow, and pavement all reflect the sun and intensify the exposure.

Let’s talk about sun intensity

The sun is at its hottest and most intense between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. The best advice is to limit your sun exposure during those hours, but at the very least use a trusted sunscreen like Hawaiian Tropic® if you’re spending time in the sun. Of course, spending some of that time in the shade always helps.

Summer heat

As you might guess, UVB rays are stronger in the summer – while UVA remains pretty much constant throughout the year. Advice: choose a higher SPF during the summer months.

Don’t be shy – apply a luxurious amount

Coverage is important. Your face requires about a teaspoon of sunscreen, while your arms and legs require about a tablespoon for the best coverage. Adjust accordingly for your torso. For maximum protection, wait for your sunscreen to soak in (15 to 30 minutes) before indulging in the sun.

Cloudy or hazy days?

Yes, UV rays can penetrate the atmosphere (clouds and all) and cause sunburn – so once again, don’t forget the sunscreen.

Medical Tip

Many medications, including certain antibiotics, heart and blood pressure medicines, antihistamines and antidepressants, can cause photosensitive reactions when you’re exposed to sunlight. Unusual “sunburn”, rash or other allergic-type reaction to the skin is possible, so be careful. Individual sensitivities vary widely and may not happen to everybody, every time. It’s best to consult your physician or pharmacist before sun exposure when using ANY medication.

Geographically Speaking

As you might imagine, the sun’s rays are more intense in tropical and semi-tropical locations because exposure becomes more direct as you get closer to the equator. Intensity is also higher when YOU go higher – at higher elevations, the atmosphere is a lot thinner so extra protection for skin and eyes is a must. Bottom line: go for a higher SPF in tropical locales and higher elevations.

Perfume Alert

Did you know that some fragrances can also cause photosensitive reactions? Check your perfumes for bergamot, citron, lavender, sandalwood, and musk.

Ozone Info

Important fact: Exposure to damaging UV rays is increasing due to the continuing depletion of the Earth’s ozone layer. Sunscreen has never been more important.

Easy to forget spots

Remember to apply sunscreen to your ears, knees, calves, elbows and the tops of your feet. We always seem to remember these spots after it’s too late!