What are Sunscreens?

Sunscreens are products combining several ingredients that help prevent the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation from reaching the skin. Two types of ultraviolet radiation, UVA and UVB, damage the skin, age it prematurely, and increase your risk of skin cancer.

UVB is the chief culprit behind sunburn, while UVA rays, which penetrate the skin more deeply, are associated with wrinkling, leathering, sagging, and other light-induced effects of aging (photoaging).

What Is SPF?

Most sunscreens with an SPF of 15 or higher do an excellent job of protecting against UVB. SPF — or Sun Protection Factor — is a measure of a sunscreen’s ability to prevent UVB from damaging the skin.

What does SPF mean?

The abbreviation SPF on sun care packaging stands for Sun Protection Factor, and refers to how well the sunscreen protects against UV radiation. Because UV radiation can still penetrate through your sunscreen and into your skin, the SPF number on the packaging gives you a rough indication of how long it will take for your skin to turn red when exposed to sunlight.

Theoretically, if you use a sunscreen with an SPF 20, it will prevent your skin from getting red for approximately 20 times longer than had you not used a sunscreen. So for example, if you normally start to burn within 10 minutes of being in sunlight, the sunscreen with an SPF 20 will prevent burning for approximately 200 minutes, or 3 hours and 20 minutes. Using a lower SPF means you have to apply sunscreen more often.

Who Should Use Sunscreen?

Anyone over the age of six months should use a sunscreen daily. Even those who work inside are exposed to ultraviolet radiation for brief periods throughout the day, especially if they work near windows, which generally filter out UVB but not UVA rays.

Children under the age of six months should not be exposed to the sun, since their skin is highly sensitive to the chemical ingredients in sunscreen as well as to the sun’s rays. Shade and protective clothing are the best ways to protect infants from the sun.

Sunscreens should be applied 30 minutes before sun exposure to allow the ingredients to fully bind to the skin. Reapplication of sunscreen is just as important as putting it on in the first place, so reapply the same amount every two hours. Sunscreens should also be reapplied immediately after swimming, toweling off, or sweating a great deal.

Here’s how you and your family can enjoy the sun this summer without falling into the pitfalls of excessive sun exposure:
  • Avoid the sun between 11am and 3pm when the sun is at its hottest
    • Put on a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 or more, and remember to apply it regularly, especially when swimming Safe in the sun
    • Wear a wide-brimmed hat to cover your face, neck and ears
    • Use available shade under trees, umbrellas, tents, etc.
    • Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes
    • Equally important during hot summer days is getting enough of the right kinds of liquids since dehydration can lead to tiredness, headaches and dizziness.

Although many people tend to think of Rooibos as only a hot drink, it is an exceptional flavour enhancer and naturally sweet, which makes it a favourite ingredient for iced teas, fruit shakes, smoothies and iced lollies.

Sun Safety Aerosol SPF 30 – 125ml

Sun Safety Aerosol SPF 30 is a convenient sun protection spray with the added benefits of the unique Green Rooibos extract to protect the skin against free radical damage from UV rays.

This non-stick, water-resistant spray means there will be no more sticky hands or sand in your sun cream.

It is suitable for the whole family and is especially appealing to sport lovers who can quickly apply it to any area of the body needing protection without any fuss.

Safe in the Sun SPF30 with DN-Age – 75ml

This optimal UV-protection in a non-allergenic formulation contains: DN-Age to neutralise free radicals and protect cells from DNA damage caused by the sun.

SPF 30 provides 30 times the skin’s own natural defence against sun burn. Annique Safe in the Sun SPF30 with DNAge helps to prevent ageing associated with sun exposure and protects against UVA and UVB sun damage.

Safe in the Sun SPF 30 forms part of your daily skin care program to prevent ageing and skin problems like cancer and pigmentation, which is one of the six differences between Annique and other beauty houses.

Sun protection is important as skin damage from sunlight builds up with continued exposure, whether sunburn occurs or not. In addition to skin cancer and sunburn, wrinkles and premature ageing are also caused by sun exposure.

Essense Derma Protect SPF20 – 30ml

Annique’s Essense Derma Protect SPF20 provides triple protection against UVA and UVB damage.

Sun damage is one of the main causes of premature ageing and pigmentation.

This gentle formulation boasts a special blend of three naturally derived oils that is combined with Rooibos extract to deliver a synergistic approach to everyday sun care that works to soothe irritation, calm inflammation and moisturise and protect delicate skin.

The ultimate protection for sensitive skin!

Protecting your skin throughout the year is vital, especially during the summer months when we spend more time outdoors. And what better way to protect your skin, than to go for a sunscreen with the highest Sun Protection Factor (SPF), right? Wrong! New research shows that higher SPF’s used on the face are more likely to irritate sensitive skin.

Essense Derma Protect SPF 20 offers gentle protection against harmful UVA rays (ageing) and UVB (burning) rays.

Applying a lower SPF on your face more regularly, offers the same protection as a high SPF.

Derma Protect SPF 20 is the ultimate shield for sensitive skins!

Tested and approved by the international COLIPA standards, it delivers consistent SPF coverage and provides the ultimate protection, without irritating your skin.

This unique, triple-action, sun-protecting cream:

1 soothes

2 moisturises

3 protects even delicate, sensitive skins

Essense Derma Protect SPF 20 contains unique soothing ingredients to calm sensitive skin while protecting it from harmful UV rays.

Use Essense Derma Protect SPF 20 daily for the prevention of pigmentation, premature ageing and skin cancer.

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