I have planned and executed eight charter raft trips through the Grand Canyon on the Colorado River (from 1999 thru 2015).
Before I discovered Solar Defense, I merely suggest that passengers should bring sunscreen (Sunscreen).
On the first trips I dealt with sunburn on numerous folks and in numerous places on their bodies. Even those slathering it on every two hours suffered a few burns. There is no shade on the river for the entire eight or more days!
On the latter trips, I furnished two four-ounce bottles of Solar Defense SPF 35 for every passenger and insisted that it be the first thing put on in the morning, including ears, bald spots and the tops of the feet.
I offered to put it on the backs of passengers who did not have a partner to do so.
I now have well over 200 people convinced that it not only works, but that it works so well that they didn't have to repeat the application during the day -- in spite of being inundated by the water as the rafts went through the rapids.
I have numerous permanent customers!!
In Australia, we can’t afford to much around with the sun. Around 2000 of us die each year from skin cancer. That’s almost twice the number who die on our roads. (For more scary stats, click here.) So we go for the best sun protection we can afford.
I’m a writer. I work from home. I do my early morning shift, until the dogs tell me it’s time for a walk. My wife has a phone app that tells us how much protection we need, based on the time and weather. As we’re exercising before the peak danger period, we don’t necessarily need the SPF50+ we usually buy from Cancer Council Australia.
According to them, ‘SPF50+ offers only marginally better protection from Ultra Violet B (UVB) radiation than SPF30+. SPF50+ filters out 98% of UVB radiation compared to 96.7% blocked by SPF30+.’ So when I saw a range of Solar Defense products offering SPF30+ and SPF35+, I felt safe to give them a go. The box arrived from the US much faster than I expected. Even better, it was padded with what looked like recycled paper. Not that awful bubble wrap or foam bead stuff. The Sunscreen went on very smoothly and didn’t dribble into my eyes for the whole walk (about 8.5 km, over varied terrain, in fairly warm weather). The Lip Ice was just like a normal lip balm, but less greasy (and much safer).
Not being a young, sporty type, I’d formerly rejected the idea of running around on the beach with fluorescent zinc cream on my lips and nose. So the invisible Solar Defense Lip and Nose product was the perfect way to cover these extremities without looking like a clown.
In fact, in all my 51 years, I’d never actually given thought to protecting these extremities. Now, it’s hard to imagine going out without covering them.
So Solar Defense has taught me a valuable lesson. The website was well laid out and the staff member I dealt with was friendly and efficient. If this story gets out, we may see a lot more Aussies using Solar Defense down the track.