We can't say it enough: it is essential to protect your skin from UV radiation. Without shielding, UVs are harmful over both the short and long-term.
- Shielding Your Skin From UVs: An Essential Step for health
We can’t say it enough: it is essential to protect your skin from UV radiation.
Without protection, UVs are harmful over both the short and long-term:
- UVB designates wavelengths of (ultraviolet) solar radiation that do not penetrate deeply into the skin, however are very energetic. In this way, they cause ‘sunburn’, epidermal burns with associated erythema and inflammation.
- UVA designates less energetic wavelengths but they penetrate further into the skin. They pass through the epidermis all the way to the dermis. UVAs are harmful in that they generate free radicals. These aggressive and unstable molecules notably attack collagen and elastin fibers, accelerating skin aging.
For your health, it is a must to protect your skin from UV. Either by avoiding exposure, or if you want to safely enjoy the outdoors, by using an organic sunscreen that fits your skin type and the weather conditions.
- Choose Certified Organic Sunscreens for Your Health and the Environment
As of now, there are only two types of sunscreens: those that use natural mineral screens and those that use synthetic UV filters. “Organic” certification bodies formally prohibit the use of synthetic filers in certified organic sunscreen products. Only mineral screens are allowed.
Synthetic chemical filters are only active 20 to 30 minutes after application. They can cause allergic reactions, some are suspected hormone disruptors and with an environmental impact.
Certified organic sunscreens with mineral screens are the best solution, providing effective shielding from UVs while being safe for your health and the environment:
√ UVs are carcinogenic. It is essential to protect your skin from this type of radiation.
√ Mineral screens are 100% natural in origin. They effectively protect against UVA and UVB. They shield immediately on application, and make up a physical barrier on the surface of the skin that reflects UVs. The are well tolerated by the skin.
√ Organic certification requires 100% mineral screens but also an entirely “clean” product: at least 95% natural origin ingredients and complete absence of controversial or petrochemical-derived ingredients.
ALGA MARIS® Suncare products represent all the good parts of certified organic sunscreens, specifically:
- Micronized Mineral Screens
- A patented antioxidant ingredient, made from Red Seaweed, that acts against the free radicals produced by UVA
- 6 to 100% natural origin ingredients
- Sensorial formulas with very minimal whitening effects
- Allergen- and Essential Oil-free formulas
- SPF50 and SPF50+ products without added fragrances
- No listed preservatives in most formulas
- Hypoallergenic sunscreen products made for children
- Products that respect the marine environment (testing undertaken on coral and marine organisms)
- Claims and Regulations about suncare products
The protection factors displayed on sunscreen product packaging are subject to strict regulation on behalf of EU authorities, and these regulations are the same for mineral screens or chemical filters.
In this way, to be able to show UVB and UVA logos alongside SPF on packaging, there must be proof for these claims.
UVB protection is measured in terms of SPF. Regulations requires that UVA protection be at least equal to that of UVB in order to display the UVA logo.
To this extent, levels of protection for marketed sunscreen products must have been verified by specialized and independent laboratories to levels equal or superior to those displayed on packaging.
As for certified organic sunscreens, the restrictions are even tighter. Indeed, they must meet two standards: those of European Cosmetics Regulations and those of the Organic Certification Body (Ecocert/Cosmos). These bodies verify the quality of raw materials, the environmental impact of the manufacturing process (overlooking the use of polluting substances), etc. Furthermore, in this very regulated space, certified organic sunscreens must also provide evidence for the claims they display.