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Introducing Jarrod Scott

Meet international model, Ferrari race car driver and face of the latest Hunter Lab campaign Jarrod Scott. We sat down with Jarrod to chat about life in the fast lane, his love for spending time in nature and the ocean, and his commitment and passion for protecting our Great Barrier Reef

Tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m 29, from Melbourne. I have lived overseas for the past ten years. In the past two years I’ve become an ambassador for Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef, which focuses on raising awareness for climate change and damage across the Great Barrier Reef

One of the biggest effects on the Great Barrier Reef is runoff and chemicals, one of those being Oxybenzone which is found in a lot of sunscreens

What are some of your hobbies?

I’m a race car driver. I race with Ferrari in the Ferrari challenge and I’ve been a friend of the brand for a couple of years now

What’s Paris like compared to Melbourne? What’s drawn you to Paris?

The cities are extremely different. Melbourne and Paris you really can’t compare. One thing they share in common is art and architecture. Paris has a beautiful ambience and an amazing feel when you get there

Do you get back to Australia much?

Last year, I spent a lot of time on projects with Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef and I spent about 10 months of the year in Australia. I’m a free diver also, so I spend most of my time in Melbourne; diving in the ocean to see seahorses, sea dragons, seals, sharks, whatever is around at the time. There’s always a feeling of being home for me when I come to Melbourne, it’s where I feel almost the most comfortable

What do you like to do when you come back to Melbourne?

My life here is different from most, because I don’t have a nine-to-five job. When I come to Australia, there’s really not much for me to do other than my hobbies and spending time on the reef. I make sure I have good workout regime and run and dive a lot

Has health and fitness always been important to you?

Yes, health and fitness has always played a big role in my life and taking care of myself is extremely important in my profession

What do you do on a daily basis to look after your skin?

I never used to look after my skin. In the past a couple of years, when I started spending more time on the reef, I noticed I was getting sun spots. They really pop out, so since then I started using some serums, moisturisers and SPF during the day.  I am trying to protect and make my skin last for as long as I can. Natural skincare is so important to me. I think everything natural is important because why would you want to put chemicals on your skin? If it’s not good for the air we breathe, why would it be good for caking on our face?

You spend a bit of time in the sun, do you wear sunscreen and is it important to you?

It’s extremely important to wear an SPF 50+ sunscreen that is Oxybenzone free and Hunter Lab is a beautiful natural choice. It’s always going to fade after a couple of hours, and with the added factor of diving a lot, I make sure I remember to reapply to keep it nice and fresh

As part of being an Ambassador of Citizens of the Great Barrier, you speak about the adverse effects of Oxybenzone on reefs in Australia and around the world, what is the issue with this ingredient?

The impact of Oxybenzone on the environment can be shown by Hawaii banning the ingredient, after fish were dying and the coral reef was being bleached; there was no sea life. After banning Oxybenzone in all sunscreens, within a year, all the fish came back and the coral started to regrow; everything was a lot healthier

It’s a big statement but a true statement to say that Oxybenzone is extremely harmful. I definitely feel that with the Great Barrier Reef being a huge tourist attraction, it’s definitely going to be affected if we don’t reduce the use of Oxybenzone. Imagine millions upon millions of people not using sunscreen with Oxybenzone in it every year, and the slick it causes across the water not being there? This is the reason I think it’s extremely important to wear an SPF 50+ sunscreen that is Oxybenzone free, like the Hunter Lab SPF50+ Facial Sunscreen