The cheapest, quickest and easiest route to healthy skin is to adequately protect it against UV rays. Because of the huge benefits to skin, sun protection is an area I’m immensely interested in and I strive to keep abreast of the latest developments. Therefore, I was in my element at a recent breakfast briefing held by Ultrasun to give an update on their latest news and product launches. While I was there I managed to put some questions to mega-knowledgable Abi Cleeve, MD at Ultrasun UK…
1. There’s some worry amongst consumers about the use of nano particles in sun protection products. I’ve researched this area myself and am completely reassured that they’re safe. What’s your view on this issue?
There’s been a change in definition in what’s classed as ‘nano’ and now the particle size is larger. We use coated nano technology which is easier for the skin to hold on to and sits in the layers of the skin. It did get a bad press over concerns that it reached the blood stream but there’s no chance of that now.
2. Your products are known to be suitable for those with sensitive skin as they’re free from perfumes and, in most cases, oils and preservatives. Why are they also emulsifier-free? The reason I ask is that I don’t think emulsifiers are an ingredient that consumers generally seek to avoid in the same why as perfumes, oils etc.
Emulsifiers can dehydrate the skin and hydrated skin can cope better with everything including protecting itself from damaging UV rays. Emulsifiers can also cause allergies.
3. Brands are beginning to introduce sunscreens that include protection against Infrared A alongside UVA and UVB rays. Are Infrared A rays something we should be concerned about?
Infrared A gently permeates the skin but is way down the list of importance when it comes to ageing (after UV rays, smoking, pollution etc.) Over time it inhibits the skin’s natural ability to cope with UVA and UVB rays. All our formulas have an anti-oxidant complex to protect against Infrared A and we’ve just had this retested so we can state it on our labels.
4. Anti-Pollution is also a big buzzword in skincare – can your products protect skin from pollution?
The balance of chemical and physical sunscreen along with the antioxidant complex in our products make a great shield against pollution.
5. It’s often said that people don’t use the right amount of sunscreen to get the the stated SPF on the label. How much should we be using on our face?
The official guidelines are a teaspoon or 5ml for face, neck and ears but this can be hard to judge so our products give a measured dose. You need 1 pump from our face products for the face, neck and ears or 1/2 a pump with our body formulas which can also be used on the face.
6. What’s going to be the next big thing in sun protection?
For the industry as a whole, there’s a huge investment in an oral pill to protect against sun damage so that’s something we’ll probably see in the future. For us, we’ll be bringing out the Sports Gel in an SPF 50 next year as our scientist has just had a major breakthrough in increasing the protection level in this innovative transparent liquid formula. (The Sports Gel is already currently available in SPF20 and SPF30).
I’ve been testing out a selection of Ultrasun products and I’ll be posting a full review on those soon.This post contains press samples unless otherwise stated. Please visit my Disclosure page for more information