How to Get the Most Protection Out of Your Sunscreen - Antioxidants, Antioxidants, Antioxidants

Most of us wear sunscreen to prevent burning when spending long hours in the sun, to prevent skin aging or more importantly, to prevent the inherent risk of skin cancer. Meaning, we’re often looking for a product that provides maximum protection from the sun, such as an SPF 50 sunscreen.

We’ve been told the higher the SPF, the better the protection right? Well, unfortunately it’s nearly impossible to block 100% of UV rays. 

SPF works like this:

  • SPF 15 blocks 93% of UVB rays (allowing 7 out of 100 photons through)
  • SPF 50 blocks 98% (allowing only 2 out of 100 photons through)

It's obvious that an SPF 50 is a far better choice, as it blocks three times the radiation than an SPF 15 would let through to your skin. But what can we do about that 2%? 

HELLO antioxidants!

Antioxidants are widely used in skincare to help to reduce the effects of free radical damage caused by environmental aggressors ( pollution or UV and  blue light).

What is a free radical? Essentially, an unstable molecule that left alone can cause cell wall and even DNA damage, leading to:

  • Breakdown of collagen
  • Speeding up of the aging process
  • Negative effects to skin health such as skin cancers

The addition of antioxidants to a broad spectrum sunscreen can help neutralise free radical damage caused by UVA and UVB rays (aka, that 2% of residual UV light mentioned earlier), helping to prevent skin cancers and keeping skin firm and youthful.

But that’s not all they can do! 

Antioxidants are often multi-functional; they provide the skin with hydration and increase moisture retention, help brighten skin tone and strengthen the skin barrier, improving overall skin health. Some antioxidants are also known to have skin-calming or anti-inflammatory properties, helping to soothe sensitive skin and alleviate symptoms of eczema and rosacea.

Lucky for you, all of our products contain some form of antioxidant, helping to repair your skin from oxidative stress. Each of the ingredients listed below not only provide antioxidant properties but also have other roles to play as well. Head to our Ingredients Glossary to find out more!

Aloe Vera
Carnosine
Cucumber
Jojoba
Kakadu Plum
Shea Butter Oil
Squalane (plant derived)
Tomato Extract
Vitamin E

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Supercharge your protection against sun damage with our antioxidant rich formulas!