Building Your Sun Care Kit: Everything You Need to Stay Safe and Get Tan


There’s nothing like a day in the sun. You enjoy nature, get the instant glow of a tan, and remember what life is all about. 

But the sun can damage your skin if you don’t take care of it. That’s why you may be interested in putting together a sun care kit. Doing so will allow you to enjoy the great outdoors without worrying about the impact that it can have on your skin.

We put together this article to help you do exactly that. Keep reading to get the scoop.

An overview of building your sun care kit

The best sun care kits are made up of more than just sunscreen. They’re also custom-built to meet the unique needs of the person who’s putting the kit together.

We’ll dive deeper into each of these steps in a later section. But for now, here’s a quick overview of the process that you can follow to build your perfect sun care kit:

  • Know your skin type
  • Pick an everyday sunscreen with nourishing ingredients
  • Find an after-sun care product that heals
  • Consider adding a sunless tan product to your arsenal

Step 1: Know your skin

You ideally want to apply sunscreen not just every day but multiple times per day. That means you’re going to need a product that nourishes your skin.

To make a good selection, you need to have a clear understanding of what types of formulations and ingredients will help your skin. And that depends on your skin type.

If you have oily skin, you want a non-comedogenic daily sunscreen. These won’t clog up your pores so they help with acne. They also tend to use oil-free formulations for a smooth application that doesn’t contribute to your existing oil problem.

If you have dry skin, then the opposite is true. You would benefit from using daily sunscreen with oil in it to liven up your skin.

If your skin is somewhere in the middle, then you have the freedom to pick a daily sunscreen on either end of the spectrum or one that offers the best of both worlds.

Step 2: Choose an everyday sunscreen

Now that you understand what will work best with your skin type, you’re ready to choose your everyday sunscreen. There are a few things to think about while doing this:

SPF level

The American Dermatological Association recommends that your everyday sunscreen should be at least SPF 30. 

If you go any lower than that while selecting your everyday sunscreen, then you won’t be as protected as you could be from harmful UVA and UVB rays.

Some people may want to go above 30 SPF with their everyday sunscreen as well. You might need something like an SPF 50 or 70 if you have fair skin or work outdoors in the sun for large parts of the day.

Chemical vs. mineral

Sunscreen can protect your skin in two ways. It can use chemicals to absorb the sun once it hits your skin or minerals to block the sun’s rays before it penetrates the skin.

Both types of sunscreen can be effective, so your choice here will come down to personal preference.

Application type

If you’re going to be wearing this sunscreen every day and applying it multiple times per day, it should also be easy for you to put on.

That means it’s also worth taking a beat to consider which application type will be best for you.

You can go with a spray, a lotion, or a gel. It all comes down to personal preference.

Step 3: Pick a more powerful sunscreen for longer days in the sun

Your everyday sunscreen may not be as protective as it needs to be for long outdoor days in the hot sun. For those times, you’re likely going to need a more powerful alternative.

That’s why it’s also a good idea to put something like an SPF 50, 70, or even 100 in your sun care kit. These can give you that extra protection you need to enjoy longer outdoor experiences without having to worry about the health and safety of your skin.

Step 4: Choose an after-sun skincare product

After-sun care products are just as important as sunscreen in your sun care kit. They help your skin heal from sun exposure whereas sunscreen limits the damage of that exposure.

The most commonly-used after-sun product is aloe vera gel. It provides cooling comfort that helps sunburns feel better and gives you some extra moisture to fight back against the dryness that prolonged sun exposure can cause.

But aloe vera gel is just one of your options. You may also be interested in something like Australian Gold’s After Sun Moisturizer With Hemp. It’s a lightweight, antioxidant-rich lotion that soothes the skin and offers nourishing Vitamins, A, C, and E.

Or if you’re especially interested in maintaining your tan, then you might consider a moisture-lock tan extender. Our formula includes tea tree oil, sunflower sea oil, and other natural ingredients to help extend color longevity and increase moisture to the skin.

Step 5: Consider picking up a sunless tan product or a sunscreen with bronzer

As you put the finishing touches on your sun care kit, one last item that’s worth considering is a sunless tanner.

These give you an instant glow that looks like a real tan right away. That way, you can feel and look your best without having to spend a ton of hours in the sun to get to that point.

Australian Gold also sells sunscreen with bronzer. These products offer a helpful combination of SPF protection and sunless tanning. So you put it on before you go out, protect your skin from the sun, and also look great.

You don’t have to have one of these products in your sun care kit. But they can be helpful if you’re interested in maintaining an all-over tan throughout the year.

Don’t let these pitfalls ruin the effectiveness of your kit

As you shop for your sun care kit, there are a few potential problems that you could encounter, which are worth pointing out. Here are three that you should do your best to avoid while putting your kit together.

Picking a daily sunscreen with harsh chemicals

Some sunscreen brands use chemicals like oxybenzone and others that aren’t great for your skin in their products. These can cause hormonal issues and may dry you out.

You want to make sure that you stay away from these harsh chemicals when selecting a sunscreen that you’re going to apply to your skin every day.

Opting for something like a plant-based sunscreen instead should give you the protection that you need without damaging your skin.

Not investing in after-sun care

Finally, although most people recognize the importance of sunscreen, fewer understand just how vital after-sun care is to keep your skin healthy.

When you spend time in the sun, your skin can dry out and burn. If you don’t get proactive about fixing those issues, they could compound over time.

After-sun care products like aloe vera gel moisturize your skin and heal the damage it's sustained. You need them to avoid the unwanted long-term impacts of too much sun damage.

Getting out of your sun care routine

This potential pitfall isn’t related to the items in your sun care kit. It’s about not consistently using them as you planned on doing when you made the purchases.

To get the most out of your sun care kit, you need to use the products as they’re meant to be used. It’s a lot easier to do that when you create a routine and turn that into a habit.

That’s why it’s a good idea to make sun care a part of your existing everyday skincare routine. By doing so, you’ll significantly increase the likelihood that you get as much out of every product in your kit as you should.

Australian Gold has everything you need to build your ideal sun care kit

Are you ready to put together your sun care kit? If so, Australian Gold has everything you need to get started.

We offer a wide range of products that can meet your needs for an everyday sunscreen, including:

We also sell high SPF versions of each of these products so that you can give yourself some extra protection whenever you need it.

Australian Gold even sells healing after-sun products and sunless tanners to give you that instant glow you want.

The bottom line is that you can find everything that your sun care kit needs in our online shop. Take a look to learn more.