Q: I'm very confused about Ultrasun products. If I apply SPF20, I understand that I have protection for 20×5=100 minutes (assuming that I burn after 5 minutes without protection). On that basis, do I need to re-apply it or do I still have protection only applying it ONCE a day?
If that is the case, why have different SPFs, if, irrespective of your burning time, you have full protection all day long?
Alison: There's only one way of measuring SPFs and that's about to become easier to do. At the moment there isn't a test that measures an SPF differently between an all-day product and a re-application one.
The Ultrasun SPF20 is a once-a-day application, as it states on the packaging. This formula sets into the skin in a way that can't be removed by sweat, heat, water, or salt. This has been tested by three independent laboratories, as well as by Ultrasun, to actually last all day on the skin. This testing has been recognised by Unikem and by medical professionals as well. In higher SPFs it can be requested on prescription for serious skincare conditions.
The reason that you don't need a re-application is because it's been clinically-proven and tested not to deteriorate on the skin, which is unusual and takes a more specialised formula. Normally all of your SPFs found in high street stores are safe and correct, and should be generally re-applied every 20 – 40 minutes. This is because these formulas do deteriorate on the skin with pollution, sweat, heat or water and so don't last.
Ultrasun, to me, is a real find – a true beauty secret as only a few other suncare brands currently offer a once-a-day SPF sun cream. The Ultrasun range also covers a selection of different SPF factors, and this is purely as a guideline to your skin's sensitivity. So, choose your Ultrasun SPF as you would choose the SPF of a re-application sun cream formula. In an ideal world, I would personally like everyone to wear SPF20 or above.
The Ultrasun SPF20 is a gel formula that is particularly great if you suffer from prickly heat, which is often made worse by sun creams. The gel consistency also sinks in very easily, is non-greasy and is for someone who does normally tan relatively easily and still wants to get a tan. So, you'll receive SPF20 protection all day and will tan gradually throughout the day as well.
The SPF30 is for those who really want to safeguard their skin against the ageing process. The SPF50 is for those who want to look well but don't really want to tan for both health care and skin ageing reasons.
To apply: Put onto cool, dry, naked skin before you do anything else. Leave for about 10 – 15 minutes before applying your skincare products. The one mistake that anyone makes with the Ultrasun is not to leave enough time for it to sink in. If you apply it when you're at the beach then it’s too late – particularly as your skin may already have started to sweat at this point so it won't absorb as well. This works the same if you apply it after a hot shower as the Ultrasun won't be able to seal into your skin.