PSA – SPF Tourists.
Need I say more? As avid travellers, we’ve always tried our best to blend in with the locals. You’ll never see us carrying a Nikon or a Canon camera around our necks. Which, FYI, our reliable source advise costs $3,508 and 2 goats…rip off! Nor will you see us speaking loudly as if we both suffer from hearing problems, while standing in the middle of a busy foot path blocking local traffic, yelling “Barbra which way to nearest McDonalds?” while holding a map upside down.
Anyways, you get the point. We really do try to blend in. And of course our Aussie-g’day mate-shrimp-on-the-Barbie-accent gives it away, but we’re about embracing other cultures and being mindful of locals. Because hell-2-da-no do we want to aggravate a fast walking (and talking) New Yorker or a loud mouth (and coffee induced) Greek!
So while we’re trying to get around this beautiful city we call Melbourne, weaving your way through hordes of humans to get to our bus, train, tram [hate trams, but that’s for another blog] or car, the fire within of tourist-hate grows. It grows stronger and stronger as more tourists who think the park outside the bloody Age Building on Spencer St is so fricken fantastic and congregate to take photos. Like dude, I need to catch a train, don’t you dare put that bloody selfie stick in my face or I’ll use it as a bloody javelin and throw it across the Yarra.
Even crossing the road alone becomes stressful as you try to dodge prams, backpackers, suitcases and lost tourists, all while making sure you don’t get hit by a car [or bloody tram…honestly, who thought they were a bloody good idea?! Who?] or trampled by the hordes of people heading towards your direction. As a result, you start despising the city. You hate that there are more people walking around because the hot weather has made the tourists flock towards your home. Like a chip at the beach that brings all the boys the yard and I’m like…of fudge, we mean seagulls…damn it Kelise!
It’s driving you insane that it now takes you an extra 5min to get to the bus stop because some tourist group of 50 people decided to take a picture of the flippin QV sign on the corner of Lonsdale and Swanston. Only making you more irritated, where you start questioning whether a year in prison would be worth you grabbing a tourist’s Nikon or Canon camera (you know, the ones that cost $3,508 and 2 goats) and hurling it to the ground…in the path of a tram of course!
Now you’re probably wondering gee these Melbournians are angry people (correct) and I thought this was the most livable city in the world (also correct), so why are they being jerks hating on everyone? Well you really want to know? It’s because these tourists are on holidays and we’re stuck at work when it’s 35 degrees outside!!!
Anyways, if you’re traveling to Melbourne, please treat our city with respect, smile at the locals, be polite to the waiter/waitress serving you and get the heck out of our way when it’s peak hour! We’ve got Netflix and a box of Arnott’s BBQ shapes with our names on it at home.
We really do support tourism in Melbourne, Victoria and Australia as a whole. So please, come visit us in the land down under and boost our economy…*cough* we mean visit the beautiful places this country has to offer and meet the wonderful people that call this giant land mass (approx. 7.692m km^2) home! Because really, we are one heck of an amazing country 😁🇦🇺
And while you’re enjoying the summer heat down under, please don’t forget to slip slip slap! As a country with an increasing rate of skin cancer, sunscreens with SPF’s of 30+ are becoming increasingly more important to our day to day lives in Australia. According to the Cancer Council Australia, 2 out of 3 Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70. This is significantly higher than most other countries in the world and emphasises how important UVA/UVB protection is! Not just during the hotter months, but also when the weather is cooler.
Statistics show that during summer seasons when Australia is the closest to the sun, in just 12 minutes, skin can start burning. Of course skin type and cultural background play a big role in how our skin reacts to UVA/UVB rays, but it should not be the basis in which we disregard regular application of sunscreen. Rather, sun protection should be embraced to ensure that while we’re having fun at the beach, tennis or park, we are doing so safely. And if we are going to make poor choices by having an extra frothy, then at least we know our skin is safe!
As females however, we understand this can be a harder task to accomplish when many body sunscreens have pore-clog agents not suitable for the face! But now, with so many complexion products available on the market which not only include SPF but ensure the skin underneath can breath, regular application can be done almost carefree. Below is a list of foundations, BB creams and basic sunblocks that we recommend you won’t regret purchasing. With these, not only will you achieve desired coverage but also be protected – especially to all you ladies out there visiting Australia for the tennis!
1. Mecca Cosmetica ‘To Save Face’ skin protection range, including tinted moisturisers and sunscreens packed with vitamins (SPF 50).
2. Bareminerals complexion rescue tinted hydrating gel with SPF 30.
3. Hourglass illusion hyaluronic skin tint (SPF 15).
4. Bobbi Brown BB cream SPF 30.
5. Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream SPF 30.
6. Dermalogica Super Sensitive Shield SPF 30.
7. Clinique Super City (SPF 30) / Clinique Block Sheer (SPF 25).
8. Garnier BB cream SPF 15.
9. Mac’s studio fix liquid / powder compact with SPF 15.
10. La Roche-Posay Athelios sun protection range (from 25 – 50 SPF).
Enjoy the Australian Open kids! Remember to slip slop slap if you’re on an open court watching the tennis AND place your bets that Federer will win the AO….again!
– superstitiously yours
P.s. For more information regarding sun protection, please visit the Cancer Council web page at: https://www.cancer.org.au/about-cancer/types-of-cancer/skin-cancer.html