Being Sun Smart

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Should I use a moisturiser and SPF in the one product, or a moisturiser first and then apply a dedicated SPF? 

Our concern with moisturisers that include SPF is that they’re usually applied first thing in the morning, with no reapplication, giving a false sense of security. By lunchtime protection ability will be dubious. SPF protection is all about reapplication.

Many moisturisers that include SPF are not Broad Spectrum, offering UVB protection but not UVA .

We recommend applying a high quality SPF Mineral Make-up Powder, reapplication is easy, over Dr. Hauschka Moisturiser and Foundation. As SPF Mineral Make-up Powders can look a little dry, then mist Toner over to give it a more natural, dewy finish.

Alternatively use a physical block SPF Sunscreen over your usual Dr. Hauschka Moisturiser and remember to reapply every couple of hours.

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Sunscreens

Look For
· Active ingredients zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide, a physical barrier that reflects UV light rather than a chemical barrier
· SPF 15 to 50 depending on your skin tone and sun intensity
· Broad Spectrum UVA and UVB protection. SPF rating is on UVB
· Use lotions, not sprays due to likely inhalation
· Water-resistant for the beach or pool

Avoid
· Retinyl palmitate – synthetic vitamin A, due to phototoxicity
. Oxybenzone, benzophenone, octocrylene, or octyl methoxycinnamate which may be potentially carcinogenic
· Very High SPF which may mislead consumers and offers little additional benefit

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Sunbathing Dos and Don’ts

• Apply sunscreen before sun exposure.

• Apply generously. Low application amounts reduce the protection. About six teaspoonfuls of sunscreen for the whole body is recommended by the EU as the right amount for an adult.

• Allow sunscreen to be absorbed before putting on clothes, this will help avoid staining.

• Reapply sunscreen frequently to maintain protection, especially after perspiring or swimming, towels and sand can also rub off sunscreen and reduce its protective qualities.

• No sunscreen product gives 100% protection against UV rays. Over-exposure to the sun is a serious health threat, you should therefore avoid the midday sun and not take the SPF to its limit.

• Keep babies and young children out of direct sunlight. Up to the age of seven, children are particularly sensitive to the sun while their skin gradually develops thicker, protective skin cells, additional use of protective clothing is therefore very important.

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What about Vitamin D?

We need sunlight for Vitamin D, around 20 minutes per day, and not between 10am to 4pm.

UVA & UVB

The sunlight that reaches us is made up of two types of harmful rays: long wave ultraviolet A (UVA) and short wave ultraviolet B (UVB). Basically, UVA rays are ageing and UVB rays burn. Overexposure to either can damage the skin. There’s also UVC – these are the shortest and strongest, but they’re absorbed by the ozone layer and don’t typically reach the Earth.

UVA rays penetrate deep into the dermis, the skin’s thickest layer. Unprotected exposure can lead to premature skin ageing and risk of skin cancer.

UVB rays will usually burn the superficial layers of your skin. The intensity of UVB rays vary by season, location and time of day, with 10am to 4pm being the peak hours. Sunburned skin can cause permanent damage.

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What does SPF mean?

SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. Sunscreens are classified by an SPF number which refers to their ability to deflect UVB rays.

SPF rating is calculated by comparing the amount of time needed to burn sunscreen-protected skin vs. unprotected skin. So if a person burns after 10 minutes in the sun uses an SPF 2, they have double that time before a sunburn – 20 minutes. Skin protected with SPF 15 would take 15 times longer, or 150 minutes for sunburn to occur.

Keep in mind though, the increase from 20 to 45 level SPF provides only 2.8% more UV protection.

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Cover-up

Think cool baggy trousers, maxi skirts and dresses, pretty tops, floppy hats and sunnies.

After Sun Care

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After Sun

  • Rapidly absorbed body lotion
  • Carrot which is a rich source of provitamin A
  • Vitamin C rich Rosehip extract
  • Moisture rich extracts of Ice Plant and Quince Seed to restore skin’s lost moisture
  • Cools and hydrates
  • Helps your tan last longer
  • Calendula and Anthyllis extracts soothe sun-stressed skin
  • Almond oil, Shea Butter and Rose Wax give the skin intensive care, protection and help your skin retain moisture
  • Does not contain chemical fragrances, dyes or preservatives
  • Incredible value given the quality of the formula’s ingredients
  • May be used on face as well as body
  • Don’t go on holiday without it!

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Dr. Hauschka Quality

  • Authentic natural and organic skin care and make-up, certified to NATRUE standards
  • Free from chemical/synthetic fragrances, dyes and preservatives
  • Free from mineral oils, parabens, silicone and PEGs
  • Dermatologically tested for sensitive skin
  • Wherever possible, all raw materials come from controlled organic or biodynamic (Demeter certified) cultivation and are recovered under fair conditions
  • We don’t test on animals, we test on happy to help out human volunteers

NATRUE

Thanks for reading our blog. xx

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