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Royal Hospital for Women Pink Headband Fundraiser

Royal Hospital for Women Pink Headband Fundraiser

Royal Hospital for Women Pink Headband Fundraiser

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This September, the esmi team are getting behind a really special cause.

 

We’re helping to raise money towards the purchase of a Babyleo Humidicrib for premature babies needing neonatal care at the Royal Hospital for Women.

 

This special piece of equipment will help precious, tiny bubs have the best chance of making it through critical surgery with a lower risk of complication. 

 

Help us raise $75,000!

 

Here’s how you can show your support!

 

From 15th September 2020 for every order of $150 or more esmi Skin Minerals will donate $15 to the Royal Hospital for Women Foundation. 

 

You’ll also receive a free limited edition pink esmi Microfibre Headband to commemorate your contribution. 

Use code RHFW.

*Cannot be used in conjunction with any offer.

 

Together, let’s do our best to assist the RHFW with purchasing a new Babyleo Humidicrib (valued at $75,000) for premature babies.

 

 

How Babyleo Humidicrib can help fragile babies and their families

 

The Royal Hospital for Women provides life changing healthcare to women and newborns. 

 

The Babyleo Humdicrib, a technologically advanced incubator, will make surgery possible within the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU).  

 

Not moving a fragile premature or critically ill baby from their incubator to operating theatres reduces the risk of them becoming unstable or developing complications.

 

This special humidicrib also allows mums, dads, and family to be comfortably closer to their little one and feel part of their care. Mum can be brought into the unit in a bed (e.g post caesarean) to be able to be right alongside her newborn baby.

 

The Royal Hospital for Women does phenomenal work looking after a thousand babies a year while leading the way in cutting edge research recognised worldwide.  

 

Our hearts are really in this special cause. Let’s help give sick and premature babies their very best chance for successful, life-changing surgeries. 

 

If you’d like to make a personal donation towards the Babyleo Humdicrib, you can do so here. 

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Your highschool skincare routine

your highschool skincare routine

Your highschool skincare routine

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Feeling a bit lost about putting your first teen skincare routine together? We’re here to help! Learn how to build a simple yet effective regime with our best teenage skincare products.

 

Know Your Skin Type

 

Putting together a routine of teenage skincare products right for your skin all begins with identifying your skin type! 

This gives you a great starting point to build a routine that suits your skin and treats specific concerns. Using the wrong products and ingredients will hinder, rather than help your skin. 

The most common skin types are sensitive, dry, normal, oily, and combination. 

You may already know your skin type but if you need a little help figuring it out read our guide here.

 

Acne, Excessive Oil, and Congestion

 

One of the big skin complaints about teen skin is excessive oil production which results in congestion and teen acne. 

Why is an oily skin problem so common for teens? One word: hormones!

During puberty, your hormone levels surge. This causes your sebaceous glands (oil glands) to enlarge which leads to increased production of oil (sebum) in the skin. 

Excess oil mixing with dead cells and other debris on the skin surface can quickly lead to blocked pores causing blackheads, whiteheads, and even cysts

Hormones aren’t the only culprit for breakouts in your teen years. Genetics can also play a role; if your parents had acne it’s more likely you’ll experience it too. Stress, diet, and lifestyle choices can also contribute to acne flare ups. 

 

AM Routine For Teen Skincare  

 

Cleanse

The most important step in your teen skincare routine is cleansing! Removing the build up that finds its way onto your skin every day (dead cells, makeup, oil, dirt) is key to keeping your complexion clear and fresh. 

Stick with a gentle cleanser. Many cleansers targeted towards teenage acne can be very harsh and strip the skin of its natural oils. Stripping the skin only makes oily issues worse as your sebaceous glands are triggered to produce yet more oil to compensate for what’s been lost.

A gentle, non-comedogenic cleanser is the best face wash for teenage skin. Choose a gentle formulation that includes active ingredients to target specific issues, depending on your skin type and concern.

We recommend:

The Uncomplicated Cleanser

The original Uncomplicated Cleanser is gentle and ideal to remove surface products.

If you’re experiencing cystic acne or acne that is inflamed, we recommend a double cleanse in the morning and evening. 

The Uncomplicated Cleanser plus Anti-Redness (acne prone | double cleanse)

You can opt for The Uncomplicated Cleanser plus Anti-Redness for the second cleanse. Containing antibacterial properties, this cleanser is ideal for soothing inflammation and minimising acne flare-ups.

Serum

Containing potent ingredients to target specific skincare concerns, a serum is something you can opt to include in your teen skincare routine.

Niacinamide and hyaluronic acid are good all-rounders to start with to improve skin hydration - these humectant ingredients draw moisture to the skin. No matter your age or skin type, extra hydration can benefit everyone.

We recommend:

Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum

Hyaluronic Serum contains Vit B3 (niacinamide) which will help to balance skin and regulate oil flow which can act as a preventative for breakouts. It also accelerates healing and repair post-breakout

Acai Hydrate & Nourish Duo  (Acne prone skin)

The 'gentle' dose of actives in this formulation is perfect for teens and helps to balance and strengthen skin, promote repair, and soothe skin.

Moisturise

Moisturiser plays a crucial role in your teen skincare routine - even if you have oily skin. 

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that if you have oily skin you don’t need moisturiser. This step is especially important if you are taking acne medication or using over-the-counter spot treatments which can be particularly drying for the skin. 

Moisturiser forms a protective barrier on the surface to help minimise water evaporating from the skin and help prevent environmental irritants from entering in. 

Facial oils are suitable for most skin types - even oily ones - to replace a cream based moisturiser or apply over the top of one.  

We recommend:

Acai Skin Balancing Face Oil

Ideal for all skin types, especially oily skin with balance concerns, this nourishing oil can replace moisturiser to improve tone, calm and hydrate while regulating oil flow.

Peppermint Green Oil (Acne prone skin) 

Highly moisturising with antiseptic and astringent properties to treat acne-prone skin, as well as anti-inflammatory properties targeting redness and inflammation.

Apply SPF

Let your teenage years be the time you commit to wearing sunscreen every day - this is a skincare habit you’ll never regret. The earlier you start this step, the better your skin will be in the future. Trust us!

We recommend:

Skin Shield Natural Sunscreen SPF30  

 

PM Routine For Teen Skincare

 

Cleanse

We always recommend you double cleanse in the evening. 

The first cleanse is to remove any products (like SPF or makeup) and the second is to get deep into the pores to remove debris and any built-up oil. 

You can use the same cleanser for both or a combination of cleansers to achieve more targeted results. Similar to your morning routine, if you're dealing with teenage acne, we recommend double cleansing in the evening.

We recommend:

The Uncomplicated Cleanser is ideal for the first cleanse. 

You can follow with a second cleanse using The Uncomplicated Cleanser plus Charcoal. Ideal for all skin types prone to congestion, breakouts, and large pores, the active ingredient charcoal purifies and balances oils for a refined, clearer complexion.

If you’re experiencing cystic acne or acne that is inflamed, you could opt for The Uncomplicated Cleanser plus Anti-Redness again. 

Spot treatment 

Depending on your skin type and concerns, you may want to include a targeted spot treatment as part of your teen skincare routine. 

The evening is a good time to do this. Apply the treatment and wait for it to dry before adding serum.

Serum

Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum, opt for the Acai Hydrate & Nourish Duo again or, if you’re dealing with breakouts, try the Anti-Redness Minty Green Smoothie

Moisturise

Acai Skin Balancing Face Oil or Peppermint Green Oil (Acne prone skin) 

 

Weekly Treatments For Teenage Skin Care Routine

 

Mask 

Face masks can be beneficial but finding the formulations that work best for your skin type and concerns is important - so is going not overboard with treatments. 

It’s best to introduce masks once your skin is responding well to the core products in your teen skincare regime - cleanser, moisturiser, and serum. 

We recommend:

Soft Skin Refining Charcoal Clay Booster Mask

The mild exfoliation action of kaolin clay is kind to sensitive and breakout-prone skin, soothes and regulates oil production while deeply cleansing to remove impurities. 

Teenagers should introduce this step slowly, once the skin is used to the actives in the cleansers and serums.

Exfoliate

Teenage skin can benefit from exfoliating in the right way with the right ingredients to remove dead cells, keep pores clear, and encourage a smoother complexion overall.

There are a few methods you can use to approach exfoliation; chemical (acids and enzymes), physical (scrubs, granules, textured mitt), or a combination of both.

Chemical exfoliation works by dissolving any breakout forming build-up on the surface (oil, dirt, dead cells) to keep pores clear. 

Physical exfoliation removes build up by manually moving the scrub, granules, or mitt/washcloth across your skin's surface.

We recommend:

Detoxifying Exfoliating Charcoal Serum (Acne prone / congestion)

Using this 2-3 times per week will help to clear dead skin cells from the surface and detoxify the skin by drawing out impurities.

This serum contains powerful drawing agents, it will draw out any underlying congestion - so don’t be alarmed if your skin purges. Continue use after impurities have emerged to aid healing. 

Or you could opt for Fresh Sea And Salty Sand. This exotic Polynesian sand physical exfoliator combined with the additional exfoliating power of papaya enzymes gently but effectively exfoliates away dead skin cells.


Have questions about the best skincare for teens based on your skin type and concerns? Book your free consultation with our team of skin experts.

 

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How To Tackle Oiliness And Best Oily Skin Products

How to tackle oiliness and best oily skin products

How To Tackle Oiliness And Best Oily Skin Products

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Shiny hair? Great! A shiny face? Not so much. Discover how to tackle oiliness and choose the right oily skin products to keep your complexion on the happy side of shiny!

 

What Causes Oily Skin?

 

Oily skin types have overactive sebaceous glands which means the skin produces excessive amounts of oil. Characteristics of this skin type include:

 

A shiny or greasy appearance

Enlarged pores

Prone to congestion and breakouts

Skin can appear thick 

 

If you have very oily skin, there’s naturally more oil present on the surface so it's easier for pores to become blocked. Left unchecked, blocked pores quickly lead to congestion and breakouts. 

The best oily skin products aim to keep pores clear of excess oil (to prevent breakouts) and balance sebum production without compromising the skin barrier. 

Typically, having a true oily skin type comes down to genetics but other skin types may find their skin produces more oil at certain times, too. 

Hormonal changes, stress, or using the wrong skincare products can all increase oil production. If this is the case, switching to oily skin products temporarily might be necessary to get a spell of oiliness under control.

 

Don’t Over-Cleanse Your Skin

 

When you’re dealing with oily skin, it can be tempting to use a strong face wash to dry your skin out and get oil under control. 

The problem here? Aggressively stripping your skin of its natural oil can actually trigger more oil production. 

The best cleanser for oily skin will gently dissolve the oils and deeply clean at the same time, without stripping the skin. 

Cleansing in the morning, evening, and after exercise is a must for oily skin types.  We always recommend you double cleanse your skin each morning and night. 

The first cleanse is to remove any products - like SPF or makeup. The second is to get deep into the pores to remove debris and any built-up oil. 

We recommend: 

The Uncomplicated Cleanser

Gently removes all traces of foundation and impurities with a double cleanse while calming and protecting skin with aloe vera and camilla leaf extract.  

To achieve more targeted results for oily skincare, you can cleanse with The Uncomplicated Cleanser and follow with The Uncomplicated Cleanser plus Charcoal for the second cleanse. 

This cleanser is ideal for all skin types prone to congestion, breakouts, and large pores, the active ingredient charcoal purifies and balances oils for a refined, clearer complexion.

 

Moisturise With Face Oil

 

All skin types require daily moisturiser, even oily ones. 

You may be surprised to learn that the best moisturiser for oily skin can actually be more oil! 

The right face oils can be very beneficial to regulate oil production and improve hydration. They act as an emollient moisturiser, helping seal moisture into the skin and strengthen the skin barrier. 

That said, not all oils will benefit oily skin. Heavy oils, like coconut and mineral oil, are highly comedogenic (pore-blocking) and can be problematic for oil-prone complexions.

Choose lightweight oils with a low comedogenic rating and those with calming, antibacterial properties. Jojoba, acai, rosehip, and almond oil are the most beneficial for oily skin. 

We recommend: 

Acai Skin Balancing Face 

Peppermint Green Oil (An excellent moisturiser for oily, acne prone skin in teens)

 

Keep Skin Hydrated 

 

Oil is not a sign that skin is adequately hydrated. 

Hydration = water, not oil so just because your skin has a lot of oil doesn't mean it has enough water.

When the skin is dehydrated (lacking water) it overcompensates by producing more oil. Excessive oiliness, therefore, can actually be a sign of dehydration.

Hydration helps keep sebaceous glands in check which encourages the skin to become balanced. The line up of oily skin products in your routine should include some of these powerhouse hydration ingredients:

Hyaluronic acid: A natural humectant with superior hydration qualities. Acts like a magnet to attract moisture deep within the skin’s cells. 

Niacinamide: Effective at restoring the skin barrier to guard against moisture loss and dehydration.

Squalene: Non-irritating and ideal for acne-prone skin, squalene is an antioxidant with beneficial moisturising properties.

Ceramides: Increase water retention properties by strengthening the skin barrier. 

We recommend:  Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum 

 

Exfoliate Regularly But Don’t Overdo It!

 

An exfoliator should have a place in your kit of oily skincare products.

Exfoliation is essential for maintaining the health of oily skin and keeping pores clear of oil, dead cells, and acne-causing bacteria. 

Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) are effective for exfoliating oily skin, particularly salicylic acid. Acids are classified as chemical exfoliants and work by dissolving the "glue" that binds your dead cells, helping them loosen and slough off the skin. 

Fruit enzymes can also be effective for oily skin care. Enzymes are also considered chemical exfoliants, but they are milder than alpha hydroxy and beta hydroxy acids. 

The right enzymes can gently exfoliate the skin to reduce the build-up of dead cells to keep skin clear and help minimise excess oil. 

We recommend: 

Detoxifying Exfoliating Charcoal Serum for chemical exfoliation with salicylic acid.

Fresh Sea and Salty Sand Gentle-Foliant for both chemical exfoliation with papaya enzymes and physical exfoliation with Polynesian sand.

How often should you exfoliate? It depends on your skin and the type of exfoliation method you use. It’s best to start out slowly and adjust accordingly. 

Over exfoliation can cause the skin to produce even more oil and leave you with a damaged skin barrier. 

You can have a chat with our Skin Consultants too. They’ll guide you through choosing the right exfoliant skin care products for oily skin and frequency of use. 

 

Switch To Mineral Makeup

 

If you have oily skin wearing makeup loaded with oil will leave you with a glossy sheen by lunchtime. 

Why not try a powder-based mineral foundation instead? Ideal for oily, acne prone complexions, powder-based mineral foundation is non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t block pores.      

Powder also absorbs oil providing breathable coverage that leaves you with a fresh complexion.

We recommend exploring the esmi range of mineral foundation, BB cream, and powder. You’ll find the perfect fit for every skin tone.

If you have questions about the best oily skin products for your skin, book a free consultation with an esmi Skin Minerals Consultant. Our team of experts are here to help!

 

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Rose Oil Australian Bushfire Donations

Rose Oil Australian Bushfire Donations

Rose Oil Australian Bushfire Donations

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Watching our beautiful country, its people and its animals in pain during the devastating Australian bushfires earlier this year is something none of us will forget. 

 

Like so many others who came together to help, we wanted to show our support and love to the people and wildlife experiencing their darkest hours. We came up with the idea to create a product exclusively for the Australian Bushfire appeal and donate 100% of the sales. 

 

And so, esmi Rose Oil was born!

 

Making it happen was a huge team effort. Our amazing team of suppliers from around the world came together and donated their time, talents, and materials to develop this very special product for a very special cause. 

 

With the help of our awesome esmi Skin Minerals community, we’re proud to say we raised a massive $81,0016.65! Everyone who got behind this cause, thank you SO much. 

 

We wanted to give an update on how the funds were distributed - we split donations evenly between the following 3 organisations:

 

Country Women’s Association Of NSW 

Donated: $27,005.55 to CWA of NSW's Disaster Relief Fund.

 

The CWA is the largest women's organisation in Australia and aims to improve conditions for country women and children. CWA is involved in lobbying for change, helping the local community, creating a network of support and meeting together in towns and cities. CWA of NSW's Disaster Relief Fund is used to assist people in need.

 

Wildlife Victoria

Donated: $27,005.55 to Wildlife Victoria Bushfire appeal

 

Wildlife Victoria has provided the community with a Wildlife Emergency Response service for 30 years. Their mission is to help and protect wildlife through rescue, education, and advocacy activities. Wildlife Victoria responds to community reports of distressed wildlife and facilitates the care needed. They also promote community knowledge and care of wildlife and advocate for the protection and welfare of wildlife.

 

Wires 

Donated: $27,005.55

WIRES (NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service Inc.) has been rescuing and caring for wildlife for over 30 years and is the largest wildlife rescue organisation in Australia.  

 

Donations WIRES help rescue and care for more native animals, provide more wildlife information and education to the community, to protect and preserve native animals and to train and support more volunteer rescuers and carers.

 

Let’s not forget that there are still so many people and animals with a long road of healing ahead. From the esmi team, thank you for purchasing Rose Oil to show your support!

 

Together we raised $81,016

Probiotics in Skincare: What You Need To Know

Probiotics in Skincare What You Need To Know

Probiotics in Skincare: What You Need To Know

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Probiotics for the skin? We're breaking down all the information you need to know about probiotics and how they benefit your skin.

 

Probiotics as we know it:

 

The potential beneficial effects of taking probiotics such as Lactobacillus or Bifidobacterium orally has been extensively studied for intestinal health. Benefits include prevention of pathogenic (bad bacteria), strengthening the gut barrier, repair and modulation of your immunity. Since their potential for maintaining gut health has been so effective, various strains of probiotic(bacteria) have been tested on other areas of the body such as the mouth, reproductive system and of course skin…

 

About your skin and how it operates:

 

Our skin forms the barrier between the outside world and your internal body. Without it, life would be impossible. Our epidermis prevents water loss and protects our insides from external pathogens (bad bacteria) and potential infections. An extreme case of the barrier being compromised would be severe burns or wounding.

 

Less extreme breaches of the skin barrier can easily occur in everyday life. Scratches, acne where the skin is compromised/open and a high level of pathogens (bad bacteria) are present, wounds, slow healing ability (diabetes and other immune disorders), eczema and dermatitis where the oil glands have not fully matured. This skin is often compromised and broken leaving the cells exposed.

 

If it’s been proven that in gut (health) probiotics can help with effective healing, barrier repair and immunity modulation, could we find a probiotic to live and benefit the skin conditions specifically?

 

After extensive testing on keratinocyte monolayer scratches (one cell thick scratches) it was found that only a couple of lysate materials were effective in the healing and repair of the scratch.

 

Enter esmi Skin Minerals Lacticaseibacillus.rhamnosus Lysate

 

This good-bacteria can help kill pathogens (bad bacteria) or places good bacteria in an environment that is compromised (such as eczema and dermatitis) and open to bad bacteria to infect the skin.

 

What is a lysate?

- A lysate is a concentrated dose of probiotic function

- A more stable way to include probiotic function in formulations

- Lysates probiotic bacteria possess a wide range of properties: it can be immunomodulatory, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, antioxidant and stabilizing. 

 

Can stimulate proliferation (rapid skin cell healing) accelerating wound healing

 

To put it simply:

 

Your skin is like an ecosystem. Different parts of your body have good and bad bacteria living there. The same way the rainforest, great barrier reef etc need specific conditions to thrive your skin is the same. It needs good bacteria to thrive and too much bad bacteria can lead to skin issues.

 

The esmi Probiotic Skin Mylck features your specially selected and researched Australian Made probiotic Lysate ideal for skin application, helping create an ideal environment for your skin to thrive if compromised by outside elements and bad-bacteria.

 

The esmi Skin Mylck is a lightly moisturising lotion and can be great for extremely sensitive, compromised skin. 

 

We suggest you also use our Probiotic Skin Mylck with our Uncomplicated Cleanser original for best results.

 

esmi is your first skincare brand to use a 100% Australian made probiotic.

 

Have questions about choosing the best probiotic skincare for you? Have a chat with our team of skincare experts. Book your free skin consultation today!

 

Ref: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4633615/

*esmi Skin Minerals are the first skincare company using a 100% Australian made Lacticaseibacillus.rhamnosus Lysate produced in Australia’s first and only cGMP/TGA certified facility for probiotic API manufacturing.

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7 Myths About SPF And Sunscreen Busted

7 myths about spf and sunscreen busted

7 Myths About SPF And Sunscreen Busted

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The highest SPF rating is the best.  I work in an office, I don’t need sunscreen!  Sunscreen gives you acne.

We’re on a myth-busting mission to clear up some of these common misconceptions, and more, about sunscreen!

 

The Difference Between UVA and UVB Rays 

 

 

Before we get to busting SPF myths, here’s a quick rundown of how the sun’s UVB and UVA rays affect your skin.

UVB

UVB rays are responsible for causing sunburn to the surface of the skin, resulting in visible redness. UVB rays also play the greatest role in causing skin cancers.

UVA

UVA rays have longer wavelengths, giving them the ability to penetrate deeper than UVB. 

They reach far enough into the skin to damage collagen. Skin loses elasticity and firmness which speeds up the visible signs of ageing like wrinkles and sagging

UVA also causes sun spots, hyperpigmentation, and the shortest wavelengths of UVA contribute to the visible appearance of sunburn. 

Of the two rays, UVA is responsible for most of the premature signs of ageing. 

Now you’ve got a handle on how UVA and UVB rays work, let’s bust some of the big myths about SPF. 

 

Myth - A high SPF Rating Means Your Skin Is Protected

 

You may be surprised to discover the SPF protection rating on your sunscreen only measures the protection against UVB rays, not UVA rays. 

That’s right. Sunscreen can have a high SPF rating and do a great job of protecting your skin against sunburn (UVB), but still leave you exposed to the damage of UVA! 

Don’t make your sunscreen selection based only on the SPF rating - choose a sunscreen that is broad spectrum, too. Broad spectrum sunscreen protects against both UVA and UVB radiation.

 

Myth - You Only Need 1 Application Of The Highest SPF

 

SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. The number that follows SPF is a guide to how long the sun’s UVB rays will take to burn your skin while wearing the sunscreen compared to if you weren’t wearing any at all.

For example, if you were using sunscreen with SPF30, it would take you an estimated 30 times longer to burn than if you weren’t wearing it. 

The problem is, high SPF ratings can create a false sense of security. You may think 1 application of SPF 50 is enough for the day and not worry about reapplying or putting on a hat.

Relying on just a single application of SPF, no matter how high, can still leave your skin exposed to long term damage. 

Every sunscreen, whether it’s SPF 30 or SPF 100 should be reapplied every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating.

 

Myth - If You Work In An Office, You Don’t Need Sunscreen

 

Spend a lot of time indoors? Doesn’t mean you should skip your daily sunscreen application. 

All exposure to sunlight - whether it’s walking around outside on your lunch break or sitting close to the office windows - has the potential to accelerate signs of ageing. 

Typical car, home, and office windows block most UVB rays but some UVA rays can still penetrate glass. You might not see the signs of sunburn but that doesn’t mean your skin isn’t affected.

You’ll do your skin a big favour by wearing sunscreen every day, even if you spend a lot of time indoors. 

 

Myth - Sunscreen Will Make You Breakout

 

If you’re shying away from sunscreen in fear it will clog your pores and cause breakouts, consider this myth busted! 

While some SPF creams can be heavy, greasy, and packed with oil (a nightmare for oily skin) many sunscreens are non-comedogenic, meaning they won’t clog pores.

Not all oils are bad in sunscreen either - some are very beneficial. We use carrot root oil in our Skin Shield Natural Sunscreen SPF30 to help tone and tighten skin! Steer clear of mineral oils though, as they can easily cause congestion. 

Look for formulations that are lightweight and non-comedogenic.

 

Myth - Mineral Sunscreen Isn’t As Effective As Chemical Sunscreen

 

Sunscreen falls into 2 categories “mineral” (also called “natural” or “physical” sunscreen) and “chemical”.

Both protect your skin but do so in different ways. 

Chemical sunscreen penetrates the top layers of the skin. It absorbs and filters UV rays before they have the chance to cause damage. 

Mineral sunscreen, on the other hand, forms a protective barrier on the skin’s surface. Rather than absorbing and filtering UV, it helps scatter and reflect rays away from the skin.

A common misconception is that chemical sunscreen is always more effective than mineral sunscreen. 

This isn’t the case. Mineral sunscreens that contain titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, or both as natural active ingredients provide excellent broad spectrum protection. 

 

Myth - A higher SPF Rating Dramatically Increases Protection

 

SPF ratings can vary dramatically between sunscreens - but does it make a big difference to the amount of protection? The breakdown is as follows -

SPF 4 blocks 75% of UVB rays

SPF 8 blocks 87.5% of UVB rays

SPF 15 blocks 93.3% of UVB rays

SPF 30 blocks 96.7% of UVB rays and

SPF 50 blocks approximately 98% of UVB rays

Source arpanasa (Australian Radiation Protection And Nuclear Safety Agency)

SunSmart recommends choosing a sunscreen labelled SPF30 or higher that is also broad-spectrum. 

 

Myth - You Only Need Sunscreen When It’s Sunny Outside

 

This is one of the biggest, and most harmful, myths about sunscreen! It’s not safe to skip your daily dose of SPF because it’s cloudy and cool outside. 

Just because you can’t feel the warmth or burn on your skin, it doesn’t mean UV rays aren’t active. It’s been estimated up to 80% of the sun’s UV rays can penetrate clouds. Even on an overcast day, your skin can be susceptible to damage if you’re not wearing sunscreen.

The free SunSmart app is a handy way to see UV levels and the potential risk of UV on a daily basis around Australia.  

 

Protect Your Skin All Day, Every Day

 

How does your current sun protection measure up? We recommend trying our Skin Shield Natural Sunscreen SPF 30 

A broad-spectrum SPF 30 enriched with antioxidants, this silky smooth, daily sunscreen protects against UV damage helping fight the first signs of ageing. Comfortable, non-greasy SPF coverage for all skin types, especially sensitive skin. 

Skin Shield Natural Face Sunscreen is easy-to-apply and formulated with additional anti-ageing benefits of carrot root oil, hyaluronic acid, and green tea for hydrated, smoother skin.

 

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