SPF & STAR RATINGS

because labelling on sunscreens, moisturisers and makeup that offer sun protection can often be more confusing than helpful, here’s our guide to what it all means and what to look out for

whats in a number

SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and is followed by a number- it indicates the level of protection against UVB (burning) rays only – not UVA (ageing) rays.

SPF 15 blocks about 94% of UVB rays

SPF 30 blocks about 97% of UVB rays

SPF 50 blocks about 99% of UVB rays

only broad-spectrum products protect against UVA and UVB rays – but check ingredients cover both UVA1 and UVA2 – some only cover UVA2

SPF measures the length of time a product will protect your skin from burning compared to the time your skin would burn without protection.

if your skin would normally burn after 10 minutes, applying an SPF 15 would allow you to stay in the sun for approximately 150 minutes (15 x longer) without burning, dependant on skin type and intensity of the sun.

layering two products with SPF ratings does not increase the overall SPF rating.

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star ratings

star ratings refer to UVA protection – stars range from 0 to 5 and indicate the % of UVA absorbed in comparison to UVB

star ratings are an industry standard in the UK & Ireland.

SPF 30 with 3 UVA stars offers HIGH level protection, blocking 97% of UVB rays and up to 80% of UVA rays.

in Europe, UVA in a circle indicates that UVA cover is equal to a third of UVB – in other countries, level of UVA cover may be indicated by the letters, PA with cover ranging from one + to +++

 

sunscreen ingredients - mineral or non-mineral?

sunscreen ingredients fall into two categories, mineral (physical) or non-mineral (traditional organic chemicals).

mineral sunscreen ingredients work by reflecting the UV rays away from the skin, and are often associated with a white cast.

non-mineral sunscreen ingredients work by absorbing the UV rays, and it is important that ingredients combinations are photo-stable over time.

sunscreen ingredients

non-mineral sunscreens should be applied 20-30 minutes prior to sun exposure for effective protection.

mineral sunscreens are effective immediately.

broad-spectrum formulations typically contain a combination of ingredients to ensure protection against UVB and UVA. ingredients that protect against both UVA2 and UVA1, are advised since UVA1 is very damaging.

 

ALBUS & FLORA balms

our balms contain sunscreen ingredients that are photo-stable and give broad-spectrum protection against UVB, UVA1 and UVA2.

our balms are fortified with natural UV protectants and anti-oxidants to enhance protection.

alpine rose from high in the Alps and arctic raspberry seed oil, provide powerful defense against the elements.

  • It's a little bit grey and drizzly here today....really hoping this doesn't signal that summer is over! ⠀
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Remember even on cloudy/rainy days UVA is still present, it can damage your skin and increase signs of ageing.  Unprotected lip skin, will age more quickly as collagen and elastin is damaged leading to fine lines on the lip and peri-oral region (commonly referred to as smokers lines, even if you have never smoked!) and reduced lip volume.⠀
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UVA can even penetrate through glass so skin can be affected sitting in the car or at your desk by a window.⠀
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#takecareofyourskin #protectyourpout #uva #naturalbeautyproducts #albusandflora #spf30 ⠀
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  • Hoooraah its Friday, definitely time for a glass of wine! ⠀
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Have a fabulous weekend everybody, happy adventures, big and small!⠀ #happyfriday #weekendwarrior #adventuresawait #andbreathe #thankgoodnessitsfriday #thankgoodnessforwine #albusandflora ⠀
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  • Its been a busy week...A new order of balms means a new order of boxes and labels to plan, and we are excited to finally be taking our make-up bags (following great encouragement from you) into production, so it will be fabric, zips and drawstrings soon! We are hoping to launch our bespoke bags at the end of October so I will keep you posted....I just have to source the elusive "coral zip" which appears to have disappeared from my suppliers range! ⠀
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#coral #zips #boxes #makeupbags #growingbrand #albusandflora #beautypackaging
  • A new week, a new horizon, dreams to chase.⠀
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Sometimes its easy to get bogged down in the day to day madness of running and growing your own business or career, constantly dealing with challenges....I am reminded of this great quote..⠀
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"don't be pushed by your problems, be led by your dreams"  Ralph Waldo Emerson ⠀

Let’s keep chasing those dreams - have a great week everyone! 
#followyourdream #dontstopdreaming #newweeknewgoals #newhorizons #surfgirl #oceanviews #oceaninspiration #lipcare #albusandflora #protectyourpout #antiagingskincare #naturalbeautyproducts ⠀
  • Nice to get out for a walk in nature today, how pretty is this tiny fern!?⠀
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Botanicals are at the heart of every formula we create and I can’t wait to get started on some new ones soon! ⠀
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#beautyinsmallthings #getoutside #lipcare #albusandflora #antiageyourlips #protectyourpout #botanicalingredients #andbreathe #weekendwalks
  • ooooo I am loving this shot from @everchanginghorizon...take me to this part of Florida now! For those of you who haven't tried paddle boarding, have a go, its so much fun, really works your core and you can stand or kneel depending on your balance..my first experience I got a little bit ambitious with fast turns and promptly fell into an ice cold mountain lake..not recommended but highly entertaining for all those watching ha ha! 😂
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On a serious note, if you are off on holiday and plan to swim or do any water sports, remember, water reflects the suns rays and intensifies their impact on the skin, so its really important to wear a minimum of SPF30 use a broad spectrum UVA/UVB product with anti-oxidants and to regularly apply to the face, lips and body, particularly after swimming. ☀️🏝🏊🏻‍♀️
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Happy weekend everyone and lets hope the sun returns! ⠀
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#paddleboard #supboarding #relaxandunwind #relaxandrecharge #protectyourskin #protectyourlips #spf #suncare #weekendishere #turquoisewater #andbreathe #getoutsideandplay #naturalbeauty #naturalskincareproducts