Suncare

WHY IS THE ALGA MARIS® ORGANIC SUN PRODUCT RANGE RECOMMENDED?

WIE UNTERSCHEIDET SICH DIE ALGA MARIS® MINERAL SUNSCREEN REIHE VON ANDEREN SONNENCREMES?

ALGA MARIS ® is a unique organic mineral sun product range, formulated with natural ingredients, which combines 100% natural mineral anti-UV screens and Alga-Gorria®, an active ingredient that neutralizes free radicals. Indeed, for the first time, this patented extract from red seaweed , wiht antioxidant power, is used in Organic cosmetic products. ALGA MARIS® natural sun products are your best allies all year round to effectively prevent skin damage caused by UV radiation. 


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. The SPF values the protection provided against UVB rays.

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


IS IT NECESSARY TO USE SUNSCREEN ALL YEAR LONG ?

It is necessary to adapt one's needs to one's lifestyle and phototype. For example, a fair-skinned person who works outdoors must use protection every day, even in winter, even on cloudy days. Generally speaking, as soon as you have to stay outside, you should protect yourself from UV rays whatever the season. You should also be careful indoors, for example if our office is located near a bay window, because UVA rays, responsible for accelerated skin ageing, pass through glass. 

Ideal for use in the city, ALGA MARIS® Face Tinted Cream SPF30 is an effective sun product, a moisturiser and a skin perfector for daily use.


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

Organic certified sun protection products contain 100% mineral filters and can make some white marks because the mineral screen powders are white.

These mineral filters in ALGA MARIS® natural sun products act immediately upon application. Very well tolerated by the skin, they have a strong covering power and act as small mirrors that will reflect UV rays.

The higher the sun product's protection factor, the greater the quantity of mineral sunscreens.

In our formulas, the white effect is minimised because we disperse the minerals as much as possible. Our R&D team is constantly working to improve the galenics of our mineral sun products.


WHAT SUN PROTECTION FACTOR (SPF) SHOULD I CHOOSE ?

The choice depends mainly on the intensity of the sun's radiation and your skin type. Indeed, in certain extreme situations, on the beach or in the mountains, it is recommended to choose sun products with a high level of protection (SPF30, SPF50, SPF50+) because of the intensity of the radiation which is combined with high reflection from the sand or snow. This applies to all skin types.

For milky and fair skin, strong and very strong protection (SPF50, SPF50+) is always recommended as well as for skin with imperfections (rosacea, acne, recent scars...) or skin that is very sensitive to sun product radiation.  

In the case of pregnancy, for example, the skin's sensitivity to the sun is increased. To prevent the appearance of brown spots on different areas of the face (melasma or pregnancy mask), a very high protection factor (SPF50+) is then recommended.

As for younger skin, a very high protection factor (SPF50+) should always be chosen. As a reminder, babies and young children under 3 years of age should not be exposed to direct sunlight. Furthermore, they should be protected, even if they are in the shade, with a wide-brimmed hat, glasses and a T-shirt.


WHAT ARE THE PHENOMENON RESPONSABLE FOR PREMATURE SKIN AGEING? 

UVA rays play a very important role in the ageing of our skin cells, but they are not the only cause. Pollution, tobacco, stress and alcohol abuse also have a deleterious effect on the structure of the skin because these factors induce an excessive production of free radicals, known as ""oxidative stress"". These free radicals degrade certain structures that make the skin ""young"", such as collagen or elastin fibres.

It is therefore essential to adopt a healthy lifestyle and to protect oneself from UVA rays by using sun products, preferably Organic certified.


DOES SUNSCREEN STOP MY SKIN FROM TANNING ?

There is no sun product that stops 100% of UV rays. On a skin protected by a sun product, sunburn is avoided but a very small quantity of UV rays reaches the surface of the skin and activates the increased synthesis of melanin (a pigment present in the epidermis whose role is to protect the nucleus of the cells where the DNA is located from UV rays). This defence reaction of the skin leads to an increase in the skin's tan.

If you do not protect yourself, you risk sunburn: the ""burnt"" cells are eliminated and the tan does not last. 


WHICH ORGANIC SUN PRODUCT DO YOU RECOMMEND FOR VERY WHITE SKIN?

We recommend using a very high protection product: SPF50 or SPF50+. In the ALGA MARIS® range, three textures are available : Lotion, Spray and Cream specifically designed for the face. There is also a SPF50+ Stick for sensitive areas.

Whatever the chosen texture, we recommend you apply the sun product, evenly and generously, before exposure and reapply, especially in case of prolonged exposure and/or after swimming, wiping or perspiring. It is also recommended to gradually expose oneself and to avoid peak daylight hours. 

 


WHICH ORGANIC SUN PRODUCT DO YOU RECOMMEND FOR ACNE-PRONE SKIN? 

The sun is a 'false-friend' for acne. At first, exposure to sunlight seems like it improves acne, but 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 therefore be protected from the sun with high SPF and non-greasy Organic sunscreen products. We particularly recommend using our ALGA MARIS ® SPF50 Face Cream, that has a non-greasy formula and our ALGA MARIS ® SPF50+ Stick that protects and camoflages skin imperfections at the same time. 


ARE YOUR ORGANIC SUN 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). 

Nine products have been hypoallergenic tested:

  • SPF50 Face and Body Lotion,
  • SPF50 Face and Body SPORT Lotion,
  • SPF50+ Baby & Child Cream, SPF50+ Face and Body Spray,
  • SPF50+ Family Spray, SPF50+ Tinted Stick, SPF50+ SPORT Stick,
  • SPF30 Ocean & Mountain Lip Balm,
  • SPF30 SPORT Lip Balm.                                                                                                                                                                           
  • The SPF50+ Baby & Child Cream as well as the two
  • SPF50+ Sprays can be used by the youngest from the age of 6 months.                                                                                       
  • The SPF50+ Tinted Stick, the SPF50+ SPORT Stick
  • and the two SPF30 Lip Balms can be used by children from the age of 3 years.              

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. Exposure 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 ALGA MARIS ® SPF50+ Face and Body Spray, without added fragrances, without preservatives, hypoallergenic for maximum tolerance. It is also enriched in organic coconut and sunflower oil which gives it regenerative properties. Our ALGA MARIS ® SPF50+ Face and Body Spray is great for the whole family and notably for infants aged 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 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 ALGA MARIS ® Face Sunscreen SPF50 and the ALGA MARIS ® Tinted Stick SPF50+ 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 ALGA MARIS ® Tinted SPF30 with our ALGA MARIS ® 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 Organic certified sunscreens and private swimming pools (chlorine…)

Futhermore, all of our ALGA MARIS ® sun products are water resistant.


CAN I USE PURE VEGETABLE OILS AS SUN PROTECTION ?

At this point in time, the only two sunscreens recognized as such and really protecting against UV rays are mineral screens and chemical filters. 

Indeed, on the web, it is said that raspberry seed oil has an IP of 28-50 ""according to Anthony J. O'Lenick, author of ""Oils of Nature"""" but we do not know how he determined this. This oil is known to absorb a little in UV but from there to obtain an IP 30, nothing is less sure. In any case, we are not allowed to use this material as a sunscreen because it is not on the positive list of sunscreens in the cosmetics regulation.

Using vegetable oils such as raspberry seed vegetable oil poses health risks. 

As a reminder, mineral screens are titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, which are of natural origin.


WHICH SUN PRODUCTS CAN BE USED DURING PREGNANCY AND BREASTFEEDING? 

The following ALGA MARIS® sun products can be used during pregnancy and breastfeeding:

- the SPF50 Face Cream,

- the SPF50+ Face and Body Spray,

- the SPF50+ Family Spray,

- the SPF50+ Tinted stick, whose application is specifically recommended for skin imperfections requiring protection from UV rays such as recent scars, hyperpigmentation spots (melasma, ""pregnancy mask""...), acne pimples, etc.

- ALGA MARIS® after-sun Fluid can also be used during pregnancy and breastfeeding.