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WHY IS ALGAMARIS RECOMMENDED FOR DAILY USE? WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF REGULAR USE?

UV rays play a very important role in the phenomenon of ageing skin cells because they cause changes to the cells’ DNA, which can have very serious consequences for our health. You do not need to wait until you are at the beach or in situations of extreme sun exposure to use  sunscreen  because the skin is subjected to the sun’s rays even when it is cloudy, and all year round.

Effective protection is therefore indispensable to reduce the penetration of UV rays into the skin. The cream must provide very good protection against UVB and UVA rays. Algamaris has demonstrated this excellent protection. Be careful, this is not the case with day creams that only have an protection factor against UVB rays.

By protecting against UVA, ALGA MARIS is working against accelerated and premature skin ageing. Most anti-ageing skincare products claim to repair damage caused by the sun. ALGA MARIS is positionned upstream, limiting this type of skin ageing with frequent use all year long. 

For your children, Algamaris offers a unique opportunity. In fact, it is during the first 18 years of life that we get the greatest amount of exposure to the sun’s rays. Taking this into account along with the fragility of a small child’s skin, the prevention offered by Algamaris gives you the best chance of preserving your child’s natural defence against the sun’s rays. This is why we recommend frequent use especially for your children.


HOW IS ALGAMARIS DIFFERENT THAN OTHER SUNSCREEN PRODUCTS ?

ALGA MARIS is a unique range of suncare products, formulated with natural ingredients that combine 100% mineral anti-UV screens and cellular protection provided by Alga-gorria, an ingredient that neutralizes free radicals. Indeed it is the first time that this antioxidant, with antioxidant capacity  up to13 times that of reference molecules, is used in cosmetics. Alga-Maris suncare is your best bet for protetion year round to effectively prevent skin damage caused by UV. 


HOW DOES ALGAMARIS PROTECT AGAINST UVA ?

Algamaris upholds the recommendations of the ANSM ( the French National Drug and Health Product Agency) with a UVA/UVB ratio, that is to say PPD/SPF* ratio, equal to or above 1/3. In doing so, we ensure optimal protection against UVA.

*PPD: Persistent Pigment Darkening, an measure of the skin’s reaction to UVA.


HOW IS THE SUN PROTECTION FACTOR DETERMINED ?

The Sun Protection Factor, commonly known under the acronym SPF is the main measurement of the solar protection.

It has the advantage of having the same definition in every country and measured by the same International Sun Protection Factor Test Method.

Test method: 2 mg of sunscreen is applied per cm² of skin (on the back) of volunteers, who are then exposed to UV. 24h later, the Minimal Erythema Dose (MED) is determined, which is the smallest dose of UV light causing redness. The SPF will be a the difference of MED on protected and unprotected skin. This measurement comes down to the difference between amounts of UV required to cause sunburn with and without sunscreen.


IS IT NECESSARY TO USE SUNSCREEN ALL YEAR LONG ?

Yes, you need to get used to protecting yourself everyday. Dermatologists recommend using protection all year long, because we are always exposed to UV, whatever the weather is like. Even under a cloudy sky, UV can be harmful. You should be aware that UVA is constant all year long. Thanks to sun protection, it is possible to prevent and stop skin ageing and reduce the risk of skin cancer.

Whenever you are outside: be it for work or pleasure, you should protect yourself. You should adapt your needs according to your lifestyle. Someone with light skin, that works outside for example, needs to protect themself everyday even during the winter. 


WHY DO SOME OF YOUR SUNSCREEN PRODUCTS LEAVE A FEW WHITE MARKS ?

It is the mineral pigment powders that are white. All sunscreens made with mineral filters are white. They are filters that are laid down in thin layers between the skin and incoming radiation. They have a strong covering power. These pigments are very well tolerated by skin and have the advantage of showing no secondary effects considering toxicity. These natural screens are present in all of the suncare products of the Algamaris range, and work directly on application because they block UV from the skin. 

The quantity of mineral screens in much higher in sunsceens that have higher SPF, and sometimes this makes them thick. Nevertheless, these are easily acceptable constraints given the risks linked to the use of chemical filters. 

The white effect is minimized in our formulas because we disperse the minerals as much as possible. Our Research works constantly in house to improve our formulas.  


WHAT SUN PROTECTION FACTOR (SPF) SHOULD I CHOOSE ?

The choice depends mainly on the intensity of the sun’s rays and your skin type. Actually, in certain extreme situations at the beach or at high altitude, it is advisable to  choose a high protection factor (30 or 50) due to the intensity of the sun’s rays, combined with the high level of reflection from sand or snow. This concerns all skin types.

Average and low levels of protection can be used in every-day situations of sun exposure for olive and dark complexions. For milk-white and fair complexions, high and very high SPF factors are always recommended


WHAT ARE THE PHENOMENON RESPONSABLE FOR PREMATURE SKIN AGEING? 

UVA plays an important role in the ageing of our skin cells, but is not the only factor. You also need to take into account pollution, alcohol and tobacco, food additives, pesticides but also emotional stress, diverse infections, medication… all of the factors that lead to the excessive production of free radicals, also called "oxidative stress". These free radicals degrade some structures that are the backbone of the "youth" of the skin like collagen and elastin fibrils. 


DOES SUNSCREEN STOP MY SKIN FROM TANNING ?

No, our sunscreen is not a complete blocker (a term that is prohibited by law). Whatever the SPF, on prolonged exposure to sunlight there is increased synthesis of melanin (a defensive physiological reaction of skin cells: melanine protects the nucleus against UV) and sunburn is avoided. When wearing sunscreen, the tan is slower to appear but also looks good and long lasting. If unprotected, you are at risk of sunburn: the 'burnt' cells are eliminated and the tan is not as long lasting. 


WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND FOR VERY LIGHT SKIN ?

We recommend using a very high protection product: SPF50 or SPF50+. We have three textures, one Lotion, one Spray and slightly thicker textures in our Face and Children's Sunscreen products. We also have an SPF50+ Stick for sensitive areas.

Whatever the chosen texture, we recommend uniform and generous application of the product before exposure, especially if it will be lall day/ after swimming/ wiping skin/ perspiring. It also recommended to gradually expose oneself, and to avoid peak daylight hours. 


WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND FOR ACNE-PRONE SKIN ?

The sun is a 'false-friend' for acne. At first, exposure to sunlight seems like it impoves ance, but it in reality it makes it worse and after the holidays there is a real 'rebound effect'. Indeed to defend itself against UV, the epidermis thickens, which can increase the blocking of sebaceous follicules where pimples form: black spots and microkysts increase. Acne scarring must also be protected from UV so that they do not become unsightly. Moreover, most anti-acne treatments increase photo-sensitivity. 

For many reasons, acne-prone skin must thus be protected from the sun with high SPF and non-greasy sunscreen products. We particularly recommend using our SPF50 Face Sunscreen, that has a non-greasy formula and our SPF50+ Sunscreen Stick that protects and camoflages skin imperfections at the same time.


 ARE YOUR PRODUCTS SUITABLE FOR SENSITIVE SKIN ?

Our products are formulated to guarantee maximum tolerance and and safety: no added fragrances in the SPF50 and SPF50+, no preservatives in most of our products, choosing natural origin products, certified organic formulas, etc. 

Our sun shields are mineral screens that are chemically inert: they do not react with the skin to reduce risk of allergies/ irritation to the maximum. Mineral screens are the shields used in sunscreen ranges for sensitive or even intolerant skin (as opposed to chemical ones). 

Two of our products were tested Hypoallergenic: the Children's SPF50+ and the SPF50+ Spray, usable for the whole family and notably children from the ages of 6 months and up. 

We would like to remind you that for sensitive and allergy-prone skin, it is recommended that you try the product on a small area beforehand, to verify that no reaction occurs. 


ARE YOUR PRODUCTS SUITABLE FOR ATOPIC SKIN ?

Atopic skin is very sensitive. They are often dry, and eczema prone. Expoure to sunlight seems to improve the clinical state of the skin in most cases. But this exposure should be moderate and above all very well protected with high SPF sunscreens, to guarantee high tolerance and to not dry out the skin. 

In this way, we recommend the use of our SPF50+ Spray, without addded fragrances, without preservatives, and hypoallergenic for maximum tolerance. It also enriched in organic coconut and sunflower oil which gives it regenerative properties. Our SPF50+ Spray is great for the whole family and notably for infants ages 6 months and up. 

 We would like to remind you that for sensitive and allergy-prone skin, it is recommended that you try the product on a small area beforehand, to verify that no reaction occurs. 


ARE YOUR PRODUCTS SUITABLE FOR ROSACEA ?

This dermatological pathology mainly affects people with light photoypes. Rosacea is notably characterized by the excessive dilatation of blood vessels of the face. Heat and UVA can also worsen this swelling. 

In this way, people afflicted by rosacea should avoid direct exposure to sunlight and must protect their skin with high SPF sunscreens. We recommend our SPF50 Face Sunscreen, and the Tinted SPF50+ Stick which protects and covers skin imperfections. 


CAN I MIX THE TINTED SUNSCREEN WITH ANOTHER NON-TINTED SUNSCREEN PRODUCT ?

Yes, it is possible to mix the Tinted SPF30 with our SPF30 Face Sunscreen because the textures of the two products are identical. 

The most important aspect to take into consideration is to not reduce the quantity of cream applied in order to maintain effective sun protection. 


CAN YOU USE THESE SUNSCREEN IN PRIVATE POOLS ?

There is no incompatibility between our sunscreens and private swimming pools (chlorine…)

Futhermore, all of our Alga Maris sunscreens are water resistant.


 CAN I USE PURE VEGETABLE OILS AS SUN PROTECTION ?

As of now, only two types of sun protecation recognized as such TRUELY protect against UV: mineral screens, and chemical filters.

Indeed, on the internet, you can find information stating that raspberry seed oil has an SPF of 28-50 according to Anthony J. O'Lenick author of "Oils of Nature". But there is no information on how he deteremined that. The oil is now to absorb in the UV range, but from there to obtaining an SPF of 30, nothing is sure. Some oils do have UV absorbing qulalities but are not on the list of approved filters.

Using vegetable oils like raspberry seed oil can be risky for your health. 


CAN I USE SUNSCREEN AND BUG SPRAY AT THE SAME TIME ?

Avoid using sunscreen and bug spray simutaneously: can both be less effective. After putting on sunscreen wait at least 20 to 30 minutes before putting on the bug spray. Sunscreen should be re-applied every 2 hours, whereas bug repellent should be applied every 6 hours. Reapply if you see that either product is less effective. 

We are not aware of the bug spray that you are using, but there should not be an incompatibility between our Face Sunscreen and it. Mineral screens tend to not react with many other molecules.  


WHY DOES THE SKIN DRY OUT EASIER IN COLD OR DRY WEATHER ?

Physiologicially, cold temperatures reduces the secretions of the sebaceous glands which produce lipids, most notably the hydrolipidic film and the intercelluar ciment. These two structures are essential to guarantee the integrity of the skin barrier, which prevents the loss of water through the skin. When it is cold and lipid production is reduced, the skin barrier is altered and becomes unable to prevent the evaporation of water: skin becomes dehydrated. To correctly rehydrate the skin, you not only need to provide active ingredients to ensure that it stays hydrated but also nourishing indgredients to repair the skin barrier and stop excessive evaportation. 

A similar process occurs in dry weather.