WHEN SHOULD I USE SUNSCREEN?
In Europe the season of the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays are highest between April and September. When the UV index exceeds 3, it is recommended that you wear sunscreen when outdoors. Even on cloudy days, up to 80% of the sun’s harmful UV rays penetrate your skin.
Remember that snow, sand and water increases the need for sun protection because it reflects the sun’s rays and amplifies UV radiation.
In countries closer to the equator, where the sun’s rays are stronger, it is recommended to wear sun protection of at least SPF30 to be protected against the UV rays.
WHICH SPF TO CHOOSE?
The Sun Protection Factor (SPF) specified on your bottle of sunscreen tells you how much protection your sunscreen offers against UVB rays.
In general, the higher the SPF number of your sunscreen, the greater the protection, SPF15 or 20 offers medium protection, SPF30 or 50 offers high protection, and SPF50+ offers very high protection. This is measured using a standardised test.
To choose the right SPF, you need to consider several factors. The most important of these is your skin type which includes the colour of your skin before exposure to the sun, your hair and eye colour. You also need to think about where you are going on holiday and what time of the year. Read here about your skintype
HOW LONG CAN I STAY IN THE SUN?
It depends on your skin type, the season, where in the world you are and the time of day. People with dark hair and dark skin can generally stays longer in the sun without burning than people with fair hair and skin. In the hours between 11 am and 3 pm the concentration of UVA and UVB rays are at its highest; so if you go out in the sun at all, wear clothes, a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. Bear in mind that snow, water and sand reflect the sun, increasing the amount of rays you are exposed to. Check your skin type here
WHAT IS THE CORRECT AMOUNT TO APPLY?
The average adult needs to apply 30-40ml of sunscreen for a full body coverage and effective protection. Parts of the body are often forgotten for example the back of the neck, the upper part of the chest, the backs of the legs, ears, nose, shins and shoulders. Always apply 15 min. before sun exposure to ensure protection from the moment you step outside.
WHAT IS PHOTOSTABILITY?
To protect the skin, sunscreens use UV filters that absorb radiation from the sun. When a sunscreen is exposed to this radiation, it can alter the chemical structure of the UV filters and reduce their protective capabilities.
A “photostable” sunscreen is able to withstand the effects of UV exposure better, so it keeps its level of protection.
WHAT DOES “BROAD-SPECTRUM PROTECTION” MEAN?
Broad-spectrum protection means the ability to protect against the harmful effects of both UVA (ageing rays) and UVB (burning rays). To be classified as offering broad-spectrum protection, a product needs to absorb or reflect at least 90% of the UV rays from the 290 to 400 nanometers (nm) wavelength range.
DO I GET ENOUGH VITAMIN D WHEN USING SUN PROTECTION?
Yes, you do. Several studies have shown that sunscreen users have vitamin D formation at the same level or higher than those not using sun protection. Sunscreen will not block 100% of UV rays, and you only need a small amount of sun exposure to provide enough vitamin D. Even wearing suntan lotion and in the shade, your body produces vitamin D in the summer months.
DOES P20 CONTAIN BOTH UVA AND UVB PROTECTION?
Yes, all products in the P20 range contain both UVA and UVB filters. The filters are photostable and selected to give you good sun protection.
On the packaging, you can check whether your sunscreen contains UVA and UVB protection with these symbols:
On the P20 sunscreen you will also find an extra UVA symbol, which indicates the number of stars depending on the level of UVA protection in relation to UVB protection.
The P20 sunscreen products have between 4-5 stars, with 5 being the highest rating. This means that P20 sunscreens, as a minimum comply with the EU recommendation on a UVA protection level of 1/3 of the SPF. EU recommendation is equivalent to 3 stars.
CAN I USE P20 ON MY CHILDREN?
Yes, P20 sun cream is safe for children, even those under the age of three. All its ingredients have been approved as cosmetic ingredients and contain no added fragrance and colourants. However it is still important to remember the general sun advice that babies and young children should not be exposed to direct sun light.
CAN I USE P20 IF I'M PREGNANT?
Yes you can. All ingredients in the P20 product range have been approved as cosmetic ingredients and contain no added fragrance and colourants.
SHOULD I RE-APPLY P20 AFTER SWIMMING?
There is no need to reapply P20 sun protection after swimming unless you have towel dried vigorously or after extensive sweating. P20 sunscreen has been categorised as “Very Water Resistant” – the highest classification available – and offers superior sun protection even after prolonged immersion in water.
IS P20 STILL EFFECTIVE AFTER A SHOWER?
P20 sunscreen is still effective after a shower providing you have not used soap, a loofah or towel dried vigorously.
CAN I USE P20 UNDER MAKE-UP AND MOISTURISING CREAM?
Yes. Just allow 15 minutes after applying then go ahead with your normal make-up routine.
CAN P20 STAIN FABRICS?
Like many other sun protection products, P20 may stain fabrics. This is due to the nature of the UV filters used to provide a high level of protection. To help prevent this happening, wash your hands thoroughly with soap after application and avoid contact with fabrics e.g. clothing, towels etc. before the sun protection product is fully dried (we recommend waiting a full 15 minutes).
If staining does occur, we have found that they can be removed by following these washing instructions and treating with a commercial stain remover, with the best results seen if applied on the 1st wash:
We recommend De-Solv-it® Universal Stain Remover & Pre-Wash Spray, following the instructions for use and important advice carefully.
o Stains should be dealt with as soon as possible after they occur.
o Always test De-Solv-it® Universal Stain Remover & Pre-Wash Spray on a small area on the item first to check for colourfastness and compatibility.
o Follow De-Solv-it®’s instructions, then wash according to the manufacturer’s instructions on the item(s) to be cleaned using the Pre-Wash cycle and highest recommended temperature.
o Add slightly more detergent than you would normally use.
o Repeat the treatment if necessary.
o Do not use any form of chlorine or bleach, as it may turn the stains pink.
P20 – INCI (INGREDIENT) LISTINGS
P20 SPF 15 Pump Spray
Alcohol Denat., C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Homosalate, Octocrylene, PPG-15 Stearyl Ether, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Acrylates/Octylacrylamide Copolymer, Hydroxypropylcellulose.
P20 SPF 20 Lotion & Continuous Spray
Alcohol Denat., C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Octocrylene, Homosalate, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, PPG-15 Stearyl Ether, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Acrylates/Octylacrylamide Copolymer, Hydroxypropylcellulose
P20 SPF 30 Pump Spray & Continuous Spray
Alcohol Denat., C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Homosalate, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Octocrylene, PPG-15 Stearyl Ether, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Diethylhexyl Butamido Triazone, Acrylates/Octylacrylamide Copolymer, Hydroxypropylcellulose.
P20 SPF 50 Pump Spray & Continuous Spray
Alcohol Denat., Butyloctyl Salicylate, Homosalate, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Octocrylene, PPG-15 Stearyl Ether, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Diethylhexyl Butamido Triazone, Cyclopentasiloxane,
P20 FACE SPF 30 (Sun Cream)
Aqua, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Octocrylene, Homosalate, Dibutyl Adipate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Cetyl Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Glycerin, Undecane, C8-22 Alkyl Acrylates/Methacrylic Acid Crosspolymer, Diethylhexyl Butamido Triazone, Tridecane, Phenoxyethanol, Propyl Alcohol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Benzoic Acid, Squalane, Caprylyl Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Dehydroacetic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polysorbate 60, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil.
P20 Kids SPF 50+ (Sun Cream)
Aqua, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Ethylhexyl Triazone, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Dibutyl Adipate, Phenoxyethyl Caprylate, Canola oil, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Hydrogenated vegetable oil, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Silica, Glycerin, Methylene Bis-Benzotriazolyl Tetramethylbutylphenol, Hydrogenated ethylhexyl olivate, Tris-Biphenyl Triazine, Cetearyl Alcohol, VP/Acrylates/Lauryl Methacrylate Copolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Acrylates/C12-22 Alkyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Decyl Glucoside, Hydrogenated olive oil, Xylitylglucoside, Caprylyl Glycol, Anhydroxylitol, Disodium EDTA, Benzoic acid, Xanthan Gum, Propylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Disodium Phosphate, Pentylene Glycol, Xylitol, Glucose, Phenoxyethanol, Dehydroacetic acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric acid.