(Closed) Outdoor Summer Aussie Wedding – to sunscreen or not to sunscreen

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
1220 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Why not ask your photographer? 

Also, it might depend on the type of sunscreen you use. Here in the States, my favorite is Neutrogena Dry Touch sunscreen. It isn’t oily or greasy and comes in a spray and cream!

Post # 3
457 posts
Helper bee

Going to second Neutrogena Dry Touch spray sunscreen. Doesn’t make your skin all shiny and comes with the added perk of not having that typical sunscreen smell. If it’s not sold in Australia, I’d think it’s definitely worth the investment of buying through Amazon or the like for your wedding day.

Post # 4
1232 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I don’t know what the Australian sun is like, but is it likely you’ll burn at 4 PM? Also: you could consider a parasol as an alternative to sunscreen.

Post # 5
595 posts
Busy bee

Could you use a moisturiser with a bit of sunscreen protection in it already? Would probably be less greasy than regular sunscreen 🙂

Post # 6
369 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

If the Queensland sun is anything like sun in Auckland (darn hole in the ozone layer), then I would say wear sunscreen – I’m going to echo the other Bees that have suggest Neutrogena Dry Touch. It’s what I use and it is awesome! Or ask your photographer if they can suggest a sunscreen. Or use a parasol. But definitely protect your skin. Your ceremony may only be 20 minutes but if you’re also planning on taking photos before or after the ceremony outdoors, it pays to be safe than sorry.

Post # 7
7104 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Talk to your photographer. There’s an ingredient in many sunscreens (I think it’s the zinc?) that causes glare when you’re photographed, but it’s not in all sunscreens. Find out what the ingredient is, and buy a sunscreen that doesn’t have if. With the skin cancer rates as high as they are in Australia, I wouldn’t even walk down the block without sunscreen. Your health is far more important than photos— even if you’re just avoiding the pain of a sunburn from that intense Aussie sun!

Post # 8
243 posts
Helper bee

You need to wear sunscreen every day in Aus, especially in Summer! To me, sunscreen will look better in wedding photos than sunburn. 

Post # 9
8279 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Risking sun exposure which could contribute to cancer for the sake of photos? I think you know what the intelligent decision is. Especially given that the current statistic has 2 in 3 Australians developing skin cancer by age 70. 

Talk to your make up artist. There are plenty of make ups and skin care products with sunscreen in them sold in Australia and they should be able to suggest some good options for you.



Post # 10
54 posts
Worker bee

ohnatto:  I’m in Australia (Queensland), it’s 3:10pm and 43 degrees (Google says 109.4 Fahrenheit) and it probably won’t start cooling down until 6-7pm. I’m fair skinned and if I went for a 10 minute walk right now, I would come back burnt. The intensity of the sun here and in New Zealand means I wear sunblock every day, even when it’s cloudy or rainy and in the winter.

I would definitely wear sunblock and agree with the posters who suggest you talk with your photographer to find a sunblock that will protect you, but won’t look oily through the camera. If that isn’t an option, I would ask your photographer how easy he/she would find it to Photoshop your skin to look ‘normal’ (they can do that with Photoshop, right…). Even if they can’t, as SydneyJen: said, I would rather wear sunscreen and look oily, than burn.

Post # 11
4289 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Aussie here. Yes to sunscreen, because you don’t want to say yes to cancer.

Post # 13
69 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Hey I’m an Aussie too. I think you should use sunscreen. I was at a wedding the other weekend at 3pm-4pm outside and I got really sun burnt. It’s not even tha hot yet.  I would use the bananaboat dry touch sport one. It doesn’t make you feel so sticky and yucky but still is SPF 30+. It’s in an orange bottle with a blue lid. 

Post # 14
8279 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

ne11y23:  if you mix a 30+ moisturiser with foundation then there shouldn’t be a problem for your face. For the other areas use the dry touch sunscreen the pp’s suggested.

Post # 15
3420 posts
Sugar bee

There are lots of foundatins on the market with a 15+ SPF.  Why not just use one of those on all of your exposed areas?  Make up and sunscreen all in one!

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