Composition

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A CHEMICAL FILTER AND A MINERAL SCREEN ?

Mineral screens provide protection against the whole UV spectrum by forming a thin protective that comes between sunlight and the skin.

Mineral screens are fine powders that have strong covering power. These pigmentary powders are made up of Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide, that have the advantage being very well tolerated. They are active as soon as they are on the skin, absorbing and reflecting UV rays. Because of their size, they do not penetrate deeply into the skin.

Chemical filters also protect by forming a layer on the surface of the skin. However, they tend penetrate deeper into the skin because of their chemical nature (small size and being liposoluble). Some chemical filters are not stable when exposed to light, both losing efficacity and potentially becoming harmful free radicals. They are also suspected of some disruption of hormonal balances in the skin and can pollute the environment (causing coral bleaching for example). 


HOW DOES ALGA-GORRIA ® WORK ?

Alga-Gorria ® is an active ingredient composed of a group of molecules with powerful antioxidant capacity.

Alga-Gorria ® captures free radicals very effectively, with an antioxidant power that is 13 times higher than a group of antioxidant molecules found on the cosmetics market. This exceptional power is related to the capacity of Gelidium sesquipedale to protect itself developed throughout its evolution.


HOW DOES THE SEAWEED AFFECT THE SKIN ?

Our exclusive active ingredient, Alga-Gorria ®, which is patented, is composed of a set of molecules extracted from the Red Algae, a species endemic to the Basque coast. This active ingredient is a powerful antioxidant and acts by effectively neutralizing free radicals generated by exposure to pollution, UV, etc. and whose excess constitutes oxidative stress. This stress is harmful to the skin because it degrades all the structures of its cells (membrane, nucleus, proteins...) and those that ensure its "youth" such as collagen or elastin fibres or the hyaluronic acid stock. Thus, our patented Red Algae extract protects the cells against oxidative stress and prevents premature skin ageing. These protective properties are present in all our products. For more information, click here.


IS THERE AN ANTI-WRINKLE INGREDIENT IN YOUR PRODUCTS ?

The active ingredients that help prevent the appearance of wrinkles are antioxidant active ingredients. Our products all contain a powerful and exclusive antioxidant, Alga-Gorria ®, the patented Red Algae extract developed by our Research Department.


ARE YOUR PRODUCTS COMEDOGENIC ?

We take the utmost care in formulating our products : our facial skincare products do not contain known comedogenic ingredients. They do not contain silicones either. 

Our ingredients are over 99.5% natural. 


DO YOUR PRODUCTS CONTAIN PHTALATES ?

We do not use phtalates in our products. All fragrances are of natural origin. 

We take the utmost care in the formulation of products, that contain more than 99.5% natural ingredients. 


ARE THERE ENSSENTIAL OILS IN YOUR PRODUCTS ?

We do not formulate with essential oils in our products. However, some of our fragrances may contain them - which would mean very small percentages in the final product.
Our products that do not contain essential oils are ALGA MARIS ® Sunscreens SPF50 et SPF50+, METEO LOGIC ® Face Moisturizers and OCÉANE ® Monoï Bitter Almond.


DO YOU USE ANIMAL ORIGIN INGREDIENTS ? ARE YOUR PRODUCTS TESTED ON ANIMALS ?

Since our creation, Laboratoires de Biarritz have not had products tested on animals, as required by European regulations. We use alternative methods to test our molecules and finished products. We use ingredients of natural origin and if possible of organic origin : our products are composed of more than 99.5% of natural origin.
In addition, we do not use ingredients of animal origin except organic beeswax in the following products :
- ALGA MARIS ® Sun sticks (white and tinted) SPF50+,
- ALGA MARIS ® Sea & Mountain Lip Balm SPF30,
- METEO LOGIC ® Hand moisturizing fluid,
- METEO LOGIC ® Hand moisturizer cream.


Do your products contain nanoparticles? 

Nanoparticles are smaller than 100 nm in diameter. In the ALGA MARIS ® sunscreen products that you put on your skin, the mineral particles are both coated and agglomerated. They are larger than 100 nm in diameter. This is why we refer to them as "micronized" mineral screens. We have carried out further testing (verifying with an independent laboratory) to measure these particles and their average size is around 200 nm. Using certified organic sunscreens with mineral screens is currently the best way to protect yourself from UV radiation. They combine being effective, environmentally- and health-friendly. Indeed, mineral screens are 100% natural, protect on application, and are well tolerated by the skin. Furthermore, the Organic Certification is a guarantee for "clean" formulas that do not contain synthetic chemicals or controversial/risky ingredients.