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altruist sunscreen review

Today I am talking about sunscreen and sun protection. This is an incredibly important topic that needs to be talked about much, much more than it is. The days of being out in the sun all day are nearig I hopeSun protection is not only important to slow down the process of aging. The truth is that getting sunburnt even once (we count every time your skin turns red due to sun exposure) in 2 years triples the chances of you developing melanoma. Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer. Continue reading to find out the 7 misconceptions about sunscreen. Please, use sunscreen correctly and regularly..

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You use sunscreen before the rest of your skincare.

It’s weird how many people I’ve seen apply sunscreen before moisturiser. You don’t need it before that, it goes on top. Otherwise it may affect how your moisturiser performs.

You should apply sunscreen 20 min before you go out for it to start working.

Sunscreen, physical or chemical, doesn’t need time to ‘start working’ as a lot of people think. However, it needs time to completely set so you don’t smear it when applying your foundation, for example. Otherwise you would compromise the protection you’re getting.In this case, you should apply it 15-20 minutes before you put on your primer or foundation.. If you’re not wearing makeup – make sure to apply a good layer of it, there is no need to wait (it's best to have put your clothes on before so you don't risk smearing it while putting them on).

If you’re not sure what sunscreen you are using - check the ingredients. If you see zinc oxide or titanium oxidethen you have a physical (‘mineral’) sunscreen in your hands. Those are also the ones which make your skin look white when applying then. 

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you think the SPF in your foundation/moisturizer is enough.

I know how annoying it is to have 100 products to put on in the morning. However, the dermatologists recommend using 2 milligrams of sunscreen per cm2which is the equivalent of a shot glass (two tablespoons) of sunscreen to the exposed areas. About 1 teaspoon is enough for your whole face.

Since the main role and main ingredients in your moisturizer and foundation isn't the ones protecting your from the sun, you would need about 7 times the amount of foundation you normally use in order to make use of the SPF in it.However, the SPF in your moisturizer and foundation is not completely useless, because you can make sure that you have enough of the good stuff on your skin.

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you Choose the SPF by the level of tan you have.

SPF doesn’t reflect on whether you are protected, but it reflects on how long you will be protected for.If you buy SPF 15 and it usually takes 20 mins for your skin to turn red, with the sunscreen on it would take 15 times that time for your skin to turn red. So with SPF 15 you have about 5 hours before your skin starts to turn red.

However, we sweat which is terrible for anyone using public transport , so you need to reapply every 2 hoursin order to be fully protected (more often if swimming, heavy perspiration, or toweling off). I usually don’t support sprays as the only product to use for adequate protection, but they are great for topping up during the day. Some, such as this La Roche Posay one, can even be applied on top of makeup!

You think that overlaying products gives you bigger protection.

That’s just not how it works. If you have SPF15 in your moisturiser, SPF30 from your sunscreen, and use SPF10 in your foundation on top, you won’t get SPF55, you will get the highest SPF you’ve applied – that’s SPF30 in this case.So your skin will be able take 30*20mins (look previous point), that’s about 10 hours of sun before it turns red

The idea behind overlaying sunscreen is to make sure that there isn't even one cm of exposed skin. Unfortunately, even only one sunburn on your ears can increase the chance of developing skin cancer.


You think you don't have to wear sunscreen if there is either no sun, or you won't be going out.

The UV radiation that reaches the earth is made up of 95% UVA ray. They aren't as intense like the UVB rays, which are the ones that make blisters on your skin.UVA rays are pretty much the same intensity during the day, in all hours of the day and in all seasons and can penetrate clouds and glass.So, you need to apply SPF even on rainy days. I prefer to use a high factor even in winter as I see no reason why I shouldn’t, but some people use SPF30. Keep in mind that SPF under 30 are in general not dermatologist approved, and I've heard that the ones over 50 are useless, as you still need to reapply them during the day and it won’t give you better protection as that’s just not how SPF works. 

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You rely on sticks and sprays.

Sunscreen only works if you have covered every part of your skin. Even if you a portion of 1x1cm, of skin burns, your chances of developing melanoma go up by 50%.Many people seem to use sunscreen only to prevent aging, but that is really not even the main idea behind sunscreen. But even if that is you main idea behind applying sunscreen regularly (initially, it was mine, too!) - I am happy that you are applying sunscreen.

With sticks and sprays you can’t guaranteethat you have applied enough. Spays literally vanish into this air and the layer you get probably won't be enough. The case with sticks is very similar - you get more in one place, less in another and overall a very, very uneven application. Stick to lotion whenever you can.If you use sprays or sticks - use as much as possible, as there is no such thing as too much sunscreen.In fact, the amount most people use is not enough

You should also not forget to blend it to cover any gaps - even your years and behind your knees..

more information.

The sunscreen in the photos is the Altruist one which I have reviewed before. I’ve been buying and using it regularly ever since because it works and it is cheap. Plus, the company makes regular donations and in 2018 they donated ten thousand 200ml bottles of SPF30 sunscreen (worth £40,000) to  Stichting Afrikaanse Albino’s, in order to protect the world’s most vulnerable. 

Additionally, in partnership with GRUUM cosmetics, Altruist donated over £12,000 to £12,000 на Melanoma UK. 

Altruist is available on Amazon.co.uk.

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