After receiving more than 400 complaints, the Cancer Council tested the products and found that while the products past the test, the way they are being used did not.
A recent study published in the Australasian Journal of Dermatology found 85 per cent of people did not apply enough sunscreen and only one in three reapplied every two hours. One in five never reapplied.
In response to the findings, The Cancer Council is redesigning its sunscreen packaging and simplifying its instructions.
According to the Cancer Council, these are the mistakes many of us are making when applying sunscreen:
It's also worth remembering that while summer may be over, the risk of sun damage in Queensland is high all year round.
Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said Queenslanders needed sun protection on most days of the year – regardless of the weather or temperature.
“During Autumn, UV levels will be high from around 8:30am until 4pm – and will reach extreme levels," says Katie.
“Skin damage and sunburn at these levels can occur in as little as 10 minutes if people are outdoors, unprotected from the sun during Autumn."
Cancer Council encouraged Queenslanders to download the SunSmart app, to stay up-to-date with real-time UV levels during Autumn.