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.

  • As I sit in my studio on day 3 of isolation in France, I just want to take a moment to send my love & support to anyone in the world affected by the devastating outbreak of COVID-19, and I hope other nations impose lockdown soon to help reduce the number of infections and deaths.⁠⠀
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Its quite a surreal experience living in a ski resort, that is now a ghost town. Lockdown is totally the right thing to do to safeguard our loved ones, and actually presents such a wonderful opportunity for reflection, growth, and for doing all those tasks you have been putting off!! I hope that the planet will also get a welcome break from pollution and who knows perhaps out of this truly awful situation some good can come.⁠⠀
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It may be beautiful & peaceful in lockdown, but I am well aware of the hardship people will suffer and the challenges many businesses will encounter over the coming months.⁠⠀
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I want to give a huge shout out to our lovely retail partners - many are small independent stores & clinics, who have lovingly and tirelessly worked hard to create something special - many have had to close or are likely to have to close, which will put them and their staff under tremendous strain.  I would urge you to support them, and where you can shop online for all your beauty & wellness needs.⁠⠀
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  • Happy International Women’s Day!!⠀
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Somebody once said to me “little girls with dreams become women with vision” ⠀
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Sometimes those dreams can seem out of reach, the road a little bumpy, the path unclear and sometimes we doubt if we are are on the right path at all...sometimes we need a little support, a little confidence to take that step towards our dream. I feel so grateful to all the women (and men, but today I am celebrating the girls!) in my life and those who I have met on this rollercoaster journey of life & business who have inspired me, encouraged me, supported me, laughed with me, who have been there when I felt I couldn’t carry on, who made me a cup of tea, or poured me a glass of wine, and sat through the tears, the doubts, and who never stopped believing in me, when I wondered if I still believed in myself. ⠀
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To all those women and to all of you on here who support me and the brand, thank you so very much, you help more than you will ever know! ⠀
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Dare to dream ladies, dare to dream.....and when things get tough hold that hand out, just like you did as a little girl, because I know for sure there will always be love and support at the other end ❤️⠀
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  • Introducing our @albusandflora Lip Duo Gift Sets!!⁠⠀
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Our gorgeous gift sets contain a limited edition, vegan friendly, leatherette make up bag, protective cotton inner liner bag, paired with two of our nourishing SPF30 Multi-Active Lip Balms. ⠀
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It’s the ultimate way to discover our award-winning, high performance lip care.⁠ ⠀
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Our bags have been designed and hand sewn in the U.K. with love ❤️. The removable cotton inner liner protects the bag lining from make-up spills.... because we all know how grubby the inside of make up bags get!!!! ⠀
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Just remove & wash 😊⠀
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Thanks to @richrobertsphoto for the gorgeous 📷📷📷⠀
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  • As the rhythm of our increasingly hectic urban & digital lives continues to speed up, the great outdoors can be such a welcome place to find peace, balance & a touch of adventure to offset the daily grind!⁠⠀
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Definitely looking forward to a little fresh air and regaining some of that balance. Wishing you all a great weekend....with time to re-charge, re-balance, reset.⁠⠀
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  • Pink on green 😍⠀
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....almost out of stock of our mountain rose SPF30 tinted botanical balm. ⠀
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Can’t wait for our arctic cranberry & raspberry seed oil to finally arrive, so we can produce more lovely balms! ⠀
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  • Thank you so much @suitcase and @indigo_goss for featuring @albusandflora Naked Flora SPF30 Lip balm in the ‘Health Issue’ ~

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