Sun Info

What you need to know

The difference between natural and conventional sunscreen

SOLIMARA sunscreen only uses natural ingredients such as Sweet Almond oil, Jojoba oil, Shea Butter and active ingredient zinc. These natural ingredients are every bit as effective as those found in conventional sunscreens. In many ways, natural sunscreens are actually more effective than conventional sunscreens. Here’s why:

Natural is effective immediately

When you apply natural sunscreen, you can go out into the sun immediately without having to worry about a sunburn. With conventional sunscreens, you need to wait 15 to 20 minutes before it protects you from the sun. This is because the active chemical ingredients in conventional sunscreens actually have to sink down into the different layers of your skin before they become “active.” Since our minerals actually sit on top of your skin, they act like a mirror and reflect sunlight away from the body. They are effective immediately!

Natural doesn’t have any chemicals!

SOLIMARA takes great care to only include natural safe ingredients to create our products, providing the best possible protection for the whole family.  You will simply not find any chemicals in our products, only natural and nourishing ingredients.

Skin-Layers

The skin is your body’s largest organ. It protects your internal organs and guards you from infections. Skin has three layers: The epidermis, the outermost layer of skin, provides a waterproof barrier and creates our skin tone.

What should I look for in a sunscreen?

In recent years there has been an explosion of sunscreen products on the market, making it somewhat confusing for the consumer. This is actually a good development, as it demonstrates that people are becoming increasingly aware of the need to protect their skin. Always look for a “broad spectrum” and or “water resistant” sunscreen, especially if you will be swimming or sweating. 

SOLIMARA sunscreen...

...uses only zinc oxide (physical blocker) and all-natural ingredients. The SPF30 is up to 2hr water resistant. Always carry sunscreen with you. Send it to school or camp with your children and encourage them to use it. Even on cloudy days you can still get sunburned.

Which sunscreen is right for me?

The answer depends on many factors, including your skin type, activity, time of day and the UV Index. For most skin types, a sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 15 is recommended. If you have light skin, which burns easily however, you should use a product with SPF30.

SOLIMARA sunscreen is so gentle that even those with sensitive skin should be able to tolerate it. Please remember to keep babies out of the sun as much as possible.

How to best apply SOLIMARA sunscreen?

Many people are surprised when they use sunscreen and get sunburned anyway.

For sunscreen to be effective, apply it evenly and often (at least every 2 hours).

Our natural sunscreen is best applied in small amounts dabbed on the skin before spreading it.

What is SPF?

SPF stands for sun protection factor. For example, your unprotected skin typically burns after 10 minutes in the sun.

• An SPF15 sunscreen properly applied would give you 150 mins of protection.
• An SPF30 sunscreen properly applied would give you 300 mins of protection.

That’s the theory. These times will vary from person to person because of different skin types, activities and how well the sunscreen is applied. However, we recommend to always re-apply the sunscreen for continued protection.

High SPF numbers?

High SPF numbers seem to have become the norm for people to think that 50+ is better.

High SPF products let users believe they can stay longer in the sun and overexpose themselves to both UVA & UVB rays. As a result, they get as many sunburns (UVB) as unprotected sunbathers and are likely to absorb more damaging UVA radiation.

UVA = part of the broad spectrum (Deeply penetrates skin responsible for tissue damage, premature aging, wrinkles and melanoma)

SPF = UVB protection ONLY (sunburn)

 

Types of UV Radiation

UVA and UVB are the two types of Ultraviolet Radiation emitted by the sun, which penetrate the earth’s atmosphere. UVC rays are absorbed by the earth’s atmosphere and do not reach earth. UVA rays – are longer rays, which penetrate the skin deeply, causing age spots, wrinkling and premature aging. UVB rays – are the shorter rays which cause sunburn.

When is UV Radiation most intense?

  • In the middle of the day (between 10am and 4pm)

  • During the summer months

  • At higher altitudes

  • In regions of the earth closer to the equator

Can I get sunburned behind glass?

People often think that glass windows protect us from sunburn and skin damage. Although most glass windows do offer some protection, they are definitely not completely sun proof. So we would not advise that you think of them as sun protection.

Can I get sunburned under water?

Yes. Up to one meter below the water surface, the UVB intensity is still 70%. Snorkelers are particularly vulnerable.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is a collective name for vitamins D1, D2, D3, D4 and D5. The Vitamin D we’re dealing with is Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol), and Vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol). They are essentially equivalent and differ only in their side-chain structure. Vitamin D is responsible for over a hundred biological processes including regulating immune system status, modulating proper blood sugar, supporting memory and overall mental health, keeping metabolism in check, and much more. Vitamin D is found in cells throughout the body.

An estimated 75% of people have insufficient levels of serum Vitamin D. Vitamin D is essential for maintaining normal calcium and phosphorous levels in our bodies promoting healthy growth of bones, nails and teeth as well as playing a large role in preventing our bodies from contracting serious health conditions.

Vitamin D is produced within our bodies when the sun’s UV-B rays strike the skin, a reaction takes place that enables skin cells to manufacture Vitamin D. Fear of skin cancer is keeping people out of the sun and that is leading to low levels of Vitamin D. The sun supports all life on this planet, and it is available free of charge for you to take advantage of. While you should certainly take precautions to protect your skin from over-exposure to sunlight, getting a few minutes’ worth of sun exposure on as much as your skin as possible, can be the best bet for producing vitamin D. Consider getting your sun exposure in the morning or evening when the sun’s rays aren’t as strong.

Vitamin D is not technically a vitamin. Individuals with adequate exposure to sunlight do not need to supplement their diet with it. Contrary to popular belief, Vitamin D is actually a hormone.
Different people need different amounts of sun exposure to make enough Vitamin D.

How much sun you should get depends on:

  • your skin colour

  • where you are, season and time of day

  • if you are taking medications (The combination of some medication and sun light can cause skin inflammation)

  • how much vitamin D you get from your food

How do we know what our Vitamin D status is?

Blood measurements are the only sure method to assess Vitamin D levels with certainty. The blood marker to check for is called 25(OH)D, short for 25 hydroxyvitamin-D, and it ranges from 0 to 100ng/mL (most people aim for a number somewhere in the high middle)

Some interesting facts

The rays of natural sunlight that produce Vitamin D in your skin cannot penetrate glass. This means you cannot get Vitamin D inside a car or at home. A person would have to drink ten large glasses of Vitamin D fortified milk each day just to get minimum levels of Vitamin D into their diet.

The further you live from the equator, the longer sun exposure you need in order to generate Vitamin D. People who have a darker skin type require more time in the sun to get vitamin D, because the darker skin pigment blocks the effects of the sun.

All fat-soluble vitamins (vitamin D) can be stored in the fatty tissues of your body if you get more than you need, unlike water-soluble vitamins which wash out in urine. Excess Vitamin D accumulates in the fat and liver, providing you with a Vitamin D source to draw on if your stores run low.