During 2016-2020, demand for sun care products rose at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.5%, and the market is predicted to surge at a CAGR of 6.6% during the forecast period of 2021-31, according to market research company Fact.MR.

Consumers’ preference towards longer skin protection along with resistance towards sweat and water is high, states the Sun Protection Products Market report.

Customers are interested in the long-lasting effects of these products that has caused an upsurge in global demand.

La Roche-Posay’s Anthelios range includes a variety of sunscreens and BB creams for sensitive skin for broad-spectrum protection against UVA/UVB rays. It has light and non-greasy textures, free from fragrances and parabens, and sponsors the research conducted by the Skin & Cancer Foundation Australia.

The L’Oréal-owned brand recently held an End of Summer Anthelios 365+ Derm Live at Jackalope Hotel, Victoria.  The event marked the end of the tour for the House of Healthy Skin by La Roche-Posay.

In conjunction with  Skin Check Champions, a  non-profit charity championing the early detection of skin cancer and melanoma, the mobile, purpose-built space hosted free one-on-one skin check screenings all through summer at Bondi Beach, Sydney before touring around Australia where it stopped off at Queensland, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia.

Throughout the tour, the mobile screen service completed 1256 skin checks nationally – 442 in Victoria, 435 in Queensland and 379 in New South Wales. More than  80 per cent of people who visited had never had a skin check before.

The skin check service found:

  • 806 concerning lesions were clinically imaged
  • 359 were clinically diagnosed
  • 30 were suspected to be melanoma
  • 85 were suspected to be other forms of skin cancer
  • 249 were other moles of concern

Speaking exclusive with Retail Beauty, Dr Cara McDonald said although summer had officially come to an end, it was still vital for people to use sunscreen.

“Regular use of sunscreen year-round will reduce all signs of premature ageing as well as the risk of skin cancer,” she said.

“There is a common misconception you only need sunscreen if you are at risk of burning or going to be outdoors for extended periods. What people don’t realise is that UV light can cause damage even during winter. It can penetrate through glass and clouds and even small amounts can add up to significant risk over the years.

“Sunscreen is the number one anti-ageing product available. Most other anti-ageing skincare is aimed at reversing the damage that has already taken place, but sun protection is a cheap and easy way to prevent premature ageing!”

When choosing a sunscreen, Dr McDonald said the first thing to look for was a TGA approved primary sunscreen, as those sunscreens had undergone significant testing to confirm their sun protection qualities.

Next, she suggested looking for a high SPF, 50+ and broad-spectrum sunscreen to ensure maximum protection from both UVA and UVB light.

Dr McDonald also recommended a lightweight formula  pleasant to use every day of the year and preferably fragrance-free, low preservative formulas, especially for those with sensitive or inflamed skin.

Images from the end of summer event below:

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