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 been a grey miserable day in the UK ....no winter sun or snowflakes .... only rain and more rain.  So I thought I would add this cute shot of Snowberry Red from the lovely @pinkjulep to cheer myself and you up :-). Snowberry is one of our most popular shades, it looks vibrant in the bullet but gives a lovely sheer pinky red, which can be layered over liner if you want a more intense colour.  Of course as with all our balms it comes with UVA/UVB protection, SPF30,  and is packed with nourishing botanicals, so it’s perfect for wintery days!
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Remember the amount and strength of UVA A=Ageing) rays is not altered by time of year and all skin exposed to the elements, face, lips and around the eyes benefits from protection..UVA passes through glass too! ⠀
Huge thanks to the lovely review from @pinkjulep⠀
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#albusandflora #pinkjulep #snowberry #bestlipbalmever #lovecoralpink #naturalskincare #beautybotanicals
  • A little flash back to December 2007, summiting Mount Kilimanjaro at 7am, after a 7 hour climb through the night...I had never been so delighted to see the sunrise!! It was the most amazing and inspiring week and I guess looking back, started my love affair with the mountains.  Climbing for a dear friend who was so very ill at the time and raising £6000 for her charity, The Brooke Hospital for Animals was one of my proudest moments, but knowing my climb had helped raise her spirits was infinitely more humbling, I would do it again in a heartbeat. ⠀
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People often ask why did you choose Kilimanjaro for Amanda. ...Kilimanjaro was the name of the last horse she was ever able to ride & we had the most fabulous girlie safari holiday in Africa a few years previously...it was the only mountain to climb!!! ⠀
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Experiences & memories hey,  more important than anything else...⠀
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Happy Monday everyone :-)⠀
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#followyourheart #goonthatadventure #mountainlove #kilimanjaro #albusandflora #charitychallenge⠀
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  • Lots of lovely balms heading out to customers this week.....something tells me they might be heading towards somebody's Christmas stocking! ⠀
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Huge thanks to Jo, who has been busy packing and posting your orders all week!! ⠀
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Just a little reminder, Royal Mail last postage dates for Christmas 2018 are:⠀
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18th Dec - 2nd Class⠀
20th Dec - 1st Class⠀
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So if you are in need of a few extra stocking fillers, take advantage of our free shipping option on the website this December.⠀
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#albusandflora #stockingfillers #christmasgifts #christmasiscoming #freeshipping #britishbeautybrand #indiebeauty #naturalskincare #naturalskincareproducts #
  • Looking forward to getting these back on on again soon.....the snow is falling in Courchevel and my winter home and mountains are definitely calling!! ⠀
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#countingthedays #mountainsarecalling #snowisfalling  #winterhome #skiboots #beautifulmountains #mountainviews
  • Beauty in small things :-)⠀
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Alpines are such a joy - and are some of the most resilient plants on the planet, withstanding extreme cold and extreme heat, yet so delicate and beautifully small.  They have tremendous strategies to protect themselves against high UV loads and are packed full of anti-oxidants.  It's a great botanical to use to protect our skin, and its why we use Alpine Rose in all our balms. ⠀
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Alpine rose also has another little beauty protection benefit...its anti-viral so significantly reduces the likelihood of one of those pesky cold sores rearing their small, but definitely NOT beautiful head, and will reduce the severity of any outbreak and speed up healing. As winter takes hold, and as we push towards Christmas, we often get a little run down and small amounts of UV can easily trigger the virus, often just when we have fun things planned #mortified #ilovegettingacoldsoresaidnobodyEVER⠀
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  • It may only be Tuesday but it feels like Friday.....and the kind of Friday that follows the busiest most stressful week.....after the day I have had the only thing to do is to turn the computer off, reset both computer (and my mind) and hope that by tomorrow the number of tabs that have to be open have reduced!⠀
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.......This also may have to include a glass of wine! Though of course I will be listening to my skin's advice and will be adding a glass of water or two to that prescription!!⠀
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#toomanytabsopen #beautyentrepreneur #womeninbusiness #myheadhurts #albusandflora ⠀
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