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.

  • Snow is falling in the Alps...the countdown is on! Big thanks to @bexsurfs_and_skis for this lovely shot of @albusandflora balms last season in Courchevel.⁠⠀
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All our balms have full UVA & UVB SPF30 protection and are suitable for every day and for use at altitude. So if you have any skiing or snowboarding friends and are in need of a little stocking filler inspiration, keep an eye on the website as we will be doing some lovely offer through November and December!⁠⠀
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#stockingfillers #snowisfalling #countdownison #mountainarecalling #SPF30 #protectyourlips #naturalskincare #lipcare
  • #Autumnskin TIP #3....lets talk about FACIAL OILS....⁠⠀
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....and for those that asked about Vit C, check out next week's post :-)⁠⠀
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The temperatures are dropping further, the wind is chillier, the central heating is on, sucking moisture from the skin.  Our summer glow seems to have faded and often our skin looks dull..and dull skin is, well lets face it, its just dull!!!⁠⠀
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Continuing to support the skins barrier is key and a facial oil can really help increase elasticity, support the barrier and put the glow back...here are a few of @albusandflora tips⁠⠀
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1.  Facial Oils can vary enormously in price, you can buy a single oil, or a blend of oils.  I always have a single oil on hand, and you can't go wrong with Rosehip oil,  its easy to use for all skin types. For a more tailored approach for specific skin types I always go for a formula which blends multiple oils, they often give you more bang for your buck, and can really help specific concerns⁠, which is a win-win.⁠⠀
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2. Choose plant oils that are hydrating but not comedogenic (will block pores and can cause breakouts), sea buckthorn, camellia, safflower, squalene are good examples (there are many more!). Jojoba is a great base if you have oily skin as it helps balance sebum. Coconut oil is very comedogenic so I would avoid this for your face!!!⁠⠀
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3. Do not use mineral oils, they are by-products from the petrochemical industry and can be problematic for skin. Stick to cold pressed plant oils, which have more nutrients, and look for those with Vit A & E.⁠⠀
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4. Beware of formulas which are highly fragranced, and if you have sensitive skin be really careful with blends that have a lot of plant essential oils.  Many have fantastic benefits for the skin but can sometimes be a little too strong and can irritate. ⁠⠀
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4. Use a few drops of oil at night, as the last step, after serums & moisturisers, or just apply the oils on their own.  Press or massage in. ⁠⠀
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photo: Jason Strull
  • The sky has been grey all of today, let's hope we get a little more yellow tomorrow and the sun comes out to play... !!! ⁠⠀
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Have a lovely weekend, I can't believe its November!!⁠⠀
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#stillobsessedwithyellowandgrey #winteriscoming #greydays #cleanbeauty #SPFeveryday #perfectlips #cleanskincare #albusandflora
  • Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go.....⁠⠀
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As we move from Autumn to Winter, nature gives us a final flourish of red, orange and yellow tones before fluttering to the ground, returning once more to the soil. It's a powerful time to reflect on what really matters to you and to let go of things that no longer support or serve you well.⁠⠀ 🍁🍁🍁
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I always tend to journal more as the seasons change, it feels somehow,  for me anyway, the best time to reflect on the professional and personal challenges of the last few months and to let go,  in readiness for the new. ⁠⠀
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Happy Autumn's end, Happy Halloween, and Happy Journaling everyone!⁠⠀ 🎃👻⁠🎃👻🎃👻🎃
#happyhalloween #letgo #reflect #autumncolours #autumnselfcare #changingseasons #innerbeauty #innerwisdom #loveandletgo⁠ #albusandflora @albusandflora⁠⠀
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📷: Debby Hudson
  • We are often asked what Albus & Flora and our logo means....⁠⠀
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ALBUS, meaning white in Latin, symbolises the natural purity of our formulations, and the beauty of freshly fallen snow (if only our skin would reflect light that perfectly!)⁠⠀
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FLORA, meaning regional plants, and the name of the roman goddess of flowers & spring, symbolises the beauty and wisdom of the botanicals we use.⁠⠀
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Our logo is a representation of a four petaled flower, to reflect the seasons of spring, summer, autumn & winter, and the line it traces is continuous to reflect the adventure of life - continuous,  with no beginning or end 😊
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#whatinaname #albusandflora #botanicalskincare #cleanskincare #naturehastheanswers
  • Had to share this gorgeous shot from @katiejaneendurance, inspirational adventurer & endurance athlete bringing, as she would say "a touch of pink & girly glamour to adventure". We are thrilled @albusandflora gets to support her on adventures great & small!⁠⠀
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We may be heading towards winter but daily UVA & UVB protection for the face and the delicate lips is still as essential as it is in the summer. The levels of UVA do not reduce in strength or amount and are constant all year round. They contribute to premature photo-ageing and increase the risk of certain skin cancers along with UVB. UVA can also travel through glass, so if you are stuck at a desk or in the car instead of being up a wonderful mountain, you still are being exposed to the damaging rays, so protect & support daily.⁠⠀
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If you are a keen adventurer or are thinking about dipping your toe in,  I highly recommend you check out @katiejaneendurance and her blog, full of fascinating accounts of her many adventures and challenges and packed full of helpful guides and support. As Katie says on her blog, "through adventure we perpetually learn that ordinary people can do extraordinary things if they can just be bold enough to begin" ....so here's to be being bold, here's to taking a little first step toward anything you want to do, anything you dare to dream and here's to having extraordinary ordinary days 🏔😊🏔⠀
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⁠#katiejaneendurace #adventuregirl #thisgirlcan #thisgirlcanadvneture #womenoutdoors #adventurequeens #bebold #naturalbeauty #cleanbeauty⁠ #albusandflora ⁠⠀