SUN CARE WITH LAVERA

Sun Sensitive – natural, reliable, mineral-based sun protection

lavera Naturkosmetik developed a natural, mineral-based sun protection product back in 1990; it was one of the first mineral sunblocks to ever hit the market. Since then, the brand – with its many years of expertise in mineral-based sun protection – has stood for products with effective, nourishing formulas.

  • 100% NATRUE-certified products
  • 100% natural, mineral-based sun protection*
  • 100% free from silicon, paraffin & mineral oil
  • 100% free from synthetic UV filters
  • Suitable for sensitive skin
  • Immediate protection* and gentle care
  • Waterproof 

SKIN TYPES & MANAGING SUN EXPOSURE

Characteristics

Skin has its own natural protective barrier against the sun that lasts for varying periods, depending on skin type. During this time, we can be out in the sun without any damage to our skin, such as a sunburn. In the latitude where we live, skin types can be broken down into 4 categories.

Calculating your individual sun protection period

Each skin type can be out in the sun for a certain period without damage. The following formula can help you figure out how to responsibly manage your exposure to the sun:

Skin's natural protection time x sun protection factor = Amount of time you can spend in the sun. 

Example, skin type 1: Approx. 10 min. x SPF 20 = 200 min. = 3 hours and 20 minutes that can be spent in the sun. The skin's own protective barrier is used up for the day. For this reason, even if you use some form of sun protection, you should still avoid prolonged exposure to the sun.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT SKIN TYPES?

Skin type 1

Generally has very pale skin with freckles, usually blue eyes and reddish or light blond hair. Sunburn usually sets in for people with this skin type after just 5–10 minutes in the midday sun.

Skin type 2

Can tan moderately, but has light skin and grey, green or blue eyes with blond or dark blond hair. People with this skin type begin to develop a sunburn after approximately 10–20 minutes if they are not accustomed to being in the sun.

Skin type 3

Tans progressively, usually has light blond or light brown hair and grey or brown eyes. People with this skin type can stay in the sun for approximately 30 minutes before sunburn sets in.

Skin type 4

Naturally tan skin that generally protects from sunburn; usually has dark hair and brown eyes. Tans very quickly. When sunbathing, skin begins to turn red after approximately 40 minutes at the earliest.

HOW DOES MINERAL-BASED SUN PROTECTION WORK?

Mineral and chemical sunblocks operate according to different principles. Chemical sunblocks combine with the skin's oil to convert sunlight into heat that dissipates on the skin.

Natural minerals (such as titanium dioxide), on the other hand, settle on the skin and reflect incoming UV rays like a mirror reflects light. These natural sunblocks start to work as soon as they are applied and are not categorised as endocrine disruptors. lavera Sun Protection provides your skin with effective protection and care. Its nourishing formulas allow even people with sensitive skin to freely enjoy the sun.

The 100% mineral-based sunblock developed by lavera is described as physical sun protection by experts in the industry. Our eyes perceive the natural minerals (the pigments in the emulsion) as a white shimmer due to the light reflecting off the skin. This means that the skin appears whiter and duller.

UV rays

In moderation, sun exposure is good for you. Alongside all of its benefits, however, the sun also has its dark sides: The sun's rays, known as UVA and UVB rays, cause the majority of damage that occurs to our skin and are one of the primary factors in the skin's ageing. For this reason, it's important that we protect ourselves from the sun.

UVA rays

Long-wave UVA rays (320 to 400 nanometres) penetrate the skin much more deeply and can cause structural changes within the skin's layers. The result is premature ageing. Additionally, UVA rays amplify the harmful effects of UVB rays, increasing the risk of sunburn or even skin cancer.

UVB rays

Short-wave UVB rays (290 to 320 nanometres) penetrate the outer layer of the skin, the epidermis, and damage the cells. They tan our skin and are also responsible for sunburn.

SUN PROTECTION FACTOR

The sun protection factor (SPF) indicates how well a sun protection product actually protects you from UVB rays. Both the SPF number and the associated protection class are listed on products. Based on a recommendation by the EU Commission, Sun Protection Factor 15 refers to products that absorb 93% of UVB rays, while a product with Sun Protection Factor 30 absorbs 97%. However, even sun protection products with a very high sun protection factor do not provide complete protection from the sun.

DID YOU KNOW? 

The sunblock developed by lavera is described as physical sun protection by experts in the industry.
Natural minerals (such as titanium dioxide) settle on the skin and reflect incoming UV rays like a mirror reflects light. Our eyes perceive the natural minerals (the pigments in the emulsion) as a white shimmer due to the light reflecting off the skin. This means that the skin appears somewhat whiter and duller. lavera developed this natural mineral sunblock back in 1990.

Who should use lavera sun protection products?

lavera's natural mineral sun protection products were developed in compliance with the strict regulations of the IKW (German Cosmetic, Toiletry, Perfumery and Detergent Association) and the European Commission and are certified under NATRUE criteria – to provide safe protection for your skin. This product line is particularly suited to small children, people with allergies and others who want to avoid the use of chemical sunblocks. 

OFFICIAL UVA LABEL

The official UVA label indicates clearly and simply whether or not a sun protection product offers balanced UVA and UVB protection. The ratio has to be at least 1 : 3 (UVA : UVB).

Frequently asked questions

What's the right way to use sun protection products?

Before going out into the sun, apply the product liberally to your skin. Adults of average size require approximately 20–30 ml (6 teaspoons). Applying a smaller amount reduces the level of protection.

Even sun protection products with a very high SPF do not provide complete protection from UV rays. For this reason, even if you use some form of sun protection, you should still avoid prolonged exposure to the sun, especially during midday, when it is most intense.

What should be taken into account for babies and children?

Babies and children have extremely sensitive skin and should never be exposed to direct sunlight without protection. Always use sun creams with a high SPF (at least SPF 25).

In addition to sun cream, children should wear protective clothing and keep their heads covered. As a general rule, wide, dark clothing provides better protection than tight, light-coloured clothing.

Can I still get a sunburn in the shade?

The sun's rays are reflected by water and sand, increasing the risk of sunburn. In the shade, nearly half of direct sunlight still hits the skin. So even in the shade, make sure you apply sun protection.

Do I need to wear sun protection products whilst I'm in the water?

Approximately 80 per cent of UV rays penetrate the water to a depth of 30 centimetres. Skin swells up in the water, which means that wet skin is more sensitive to the sun than dry skin and can burn up to four times faster. Consequently, you should always use waterproof sun cream.

How frequently do I need to reapply a sun protection product?

You should refresh your sun cream after swimming, sweating or rubbing your skin with a towel in order to maintain the desired level of sun protection. It's best to reapply your sun cream regularly.

What are nano-pigments?

Titanium dioxides are a type of mineral widely found in nature. In sun protection products, they are used in the form of minuscule pigments to block harmful rays. They settle on the skin and reflect UV light. The size of the particles in the pigments is generally greater than 100 nanometres (nm), providing an ideal level of protection for the skin. Since the enactment of the EU Regulation on Cosmetic Products in 2013, particles between 1 and 100 nm must be declared* under the term 'nano' in the ingredient list of sun protection products, e.g. 'titanium dioxide (nano)'*. lavera sun protection products comply 100% with EU regulations and the Regulation on Cosmetic Products and meet their requirements regarding the use of nano-particles.

* German Cosmetic, Toiletry, Perfumery and Detergent Association (IKW)

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