How to choose safe sunscreen?
Secure protection for long-lasting velvety complexion
Sunscreen is a must in daily skin care for all 12 months of the year, not just summer. Protects against harmful UV rays, which are the first and main cause of premature aging of the epidermis. However, some products have healthier cosmetic formulas than others, which can lead to skin problems - irritation, inflammation or acne. But if no sunscreen is used at all, the danger is even more serious.
How to choose the products that best protect against harmful sun rays and at the same time carry the lowest risk of pollution? Their composition is as important as the sun protection factor.
In the United States, for example, sunscreens are not ordinary cosmetics, but medical products, as they protect the skin from health problems - burns or malignancies. The production of sunscreen products is strictly regulated by law and it is very difficult for manufacturers to include new components in sunscreen products. In 2019, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a study according to which some sunscreen ingredients can be absorbed by the body and enter the bloodstream. A new study was also presented in 2020, which shows that six active ingredients in some sunscreens are "systematically absorbed" by the blood. These ingredients are avobenzone, oxybenzone, octocrylene, homosalate, octysalate and octinoxate. The European Commission, for its part, has also published opinions on some UV filters, including homosalate and octocrylene, which are unsafe.
What are these ingredients?
Homosalat is a UV filter widely used in sunscreen products. Homosalate has been found to penetrate the skin, disrupt hormones, and over time can produce toxic byproducts.
Studies have shown that octocrylene causes a relatively large number of skin allergies. The European Commission recently concluded that there is some evidence of the potential of octocrylene to disrupt the endocrine system.
Healthy intensive and safe bronzing
The US Food and Drug Administration recommends the use of only two filters that are safe and effective - titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. Both components are mineral-based and act as physical blockers. They reflect and repel ultraviolet rays, preventing their penetration into the deeper layers of the skin. Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are mineral, not chemical, compounds and do not cause skin irritation. They are safe for consumers and do not harm the environment.
Guided by the mission of human health and sustainable development of the planet, the Sun Like brand has complied with all the recommendations of leading health organizations and for Summer 2022 offers a new, safe and secure sunscreen formula of the sunscreen series. Sun Like products have gentle, broad-spectrum UVA + UVB filters.
They act immediately after application, reflecting light like a mirror and acting on the surface of the skin without penetrating deep. The new filters provide an immediate, safe, secure and very high degree of protection.
The consistency is enriched with Beta Carotene and Vitamin E. It not only protects but also nourishes the skin. Beta Carotene is a provitamin and a source of natural vitamin A, it is also a powerful antioxidant that helps to acquire a fast, even and long-lasting complexion.
Vitamin E is fat soluble, provides extremely important skin hydration. It helps retain moisture and keeps the epidermis nourished and elastic. The combination of vitamins A and E reduces premature skin aging, nourishes and hydrates in depth, prevents drying.
Sunscreen products contain panthenol - also an effective moisturizer. Due to its soothing effect, panthenol is an excellent component in the care of irritated skin. It effectively promotes cell renewal and strengthens the natural protective layer of the epidermis. Reduces the effect of taut skin and stimulates natural darkening.
The products are enriched with hyaluronic acid - it maintains a fresh and radiant appearance of the skin, preserves hydration and accelerates the regeneration process. The new sunscreen formula "Sun Like" is free of parabens, without octocrylene and homosalate - the filters, which were declared by the EC that are not safe for the body.
What's more, the Sun Like sunscreen series comes in climate-neutral packaging that has a significantly lower carbon footprint. We used the most modern technology in Europe, developed on the basis of fully recyclable bio-based and certified cardboard. Plastic is reduced by 48% compared to existing solutions, and the caps are eco slim and contain 50 to 100 fewer plastics.
The green philosophy also applies to the packaging of children's sunscreen products, as well as the cooling after sun gel lotion "Sun Like". Green Leaf tubes are made of 100% recyclable material, certified by the Association of Plastics Processors. It is suitable for re-use in the production, without residues.
In addition, they are fully recyclable - ie. ready for a second life after processing.
Dermatologists recommend when choosing a sunscreen product to pay attention to the following qualities:
- Broad spectrum ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B (UVA / UVB) protection.
- Water resistance of the product for at least 80 minutes
- Mineral ingredients - titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.
- Sun protection factor at least SPF 30.
- Sunscreen should be applied to all exposed parts of the body, daily during the warm months, regardless of weather conditions.
- On the beach, in warm weather or when sweating, it is recommended to re-apply sunscreen every two to three hours.
- Start each new season with a new sunscreen.