Thursday, August 29th, 2013

After a 2% point drop in the past year alone, now just 37% of Australians 14+ buy sun care or sunscreen within an average six month period.

Fewer Australians are buying sunscreen despite rising levels of concern about skin cancer, research from Roy Morgan shows.

After a 2% point drop in the past year alone, now just 37% of Australians 14+ buy sun care or sunscreen within an average six month period, Roy Morgan Research data for the year to March 2013 shows. This now represents a total decrease of 4% points since March 2009.

The decline in the sunscreen purchase rate has occurred across all groups, but with the sharpest proportional decrease (of over 10%) among Australians aged 50 to 64: down from 39% in 2009 to 35% today.

However 60% of Australians are worried about skin cancer—up from 58% in 2009. While those who are concerned about skin cancer are more likely to buy sunscreen in an average six months, there has also been a strong decline within this group: from 47% four years ago to 42% now.

Angela Smith, Group Account Manager, Roy Morgan Research, says:

“Fewer Australians are buying sunscreen despite more of us being concerned about skin cancer.

“Although more general skin care and cosmetic products now have a sun protection factor than ever before, we are seeing a decline in the purchase of dedicated sun care and sunscreen among both men and women.


Source: Roy Morgan Single Source (Australia), April 2008 – March 2013, average yearly sample n = 19,615.

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