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Sunscreen

Sunscreen - the what and the why!

The sun - a prerequisite of life but at the same time so dangerous. Skin cancer is today one of the most common types of cancer, a fact that we today to a larger extent than before are aware of and act upon. Having a sunscreen product that not only protects us from UVA and UVB radiation but also contains ingredients that are kind to our skin and body is a must. Not only on a day at the beach but also on the picnic or hike in the mountains.

Below we explain some of the terms we often face when consuming suncare and at the bottom of the page we tell you more about the sun care and tanning products we can develop and produce for your brand!

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UVA&UVB Radiation

We often hear about UVA & UVB radiation, but what is the difference? UVA rays are constantly present, no matter the season or the weather. UVA rays are so powerful that they penetrate clothing and even glass. UVA rays used to be considered relatively safe, and are therefore used in for example tanning beds. Today we however know that this is not the case and using tanning beds before the age of 30 can actually increase your risk of skin cancer by 75%!

UVA rays are also responsible for skin aging because they penetrate much deeper into the surface of the skin, damaging the skin cells beneath. While people think their skin looks younger and even healthier when it’s tanned, the reality is that each tan is creating an irreversible skin damage. When you think of UVA rays remember they are causing sun spots, leathery skin and wrinkles.

UVB Rays are the rays you can blame when you get a sunburn. Unlike UVA rays, these rays aren’t always the same strength the full year-round; they are stronger in the summer months. They are also unable to go through glass. However, UVB rays reflect from water or snow and can cause a sunburn even in the winter, so it’s always important to protect yourself all year-round with sunscreen.

UVA&UVB Radiation

We often hear about UVA & UVB radiation, but what is the difference? UVA rays are constantly present, no matter the season or the weather. UVA rays are so powerful that they penetrate clothing and even glass. UVA rays used to be considered relatively safe, and are therefore used in for example tanning beds. Today we however know that this is not the case and using tanning beds before the age of 30 can actually increase your risk of skin cancer by 75%!

UVA rays are also responsible for skin aging because they penetrate much deeper into the surface of the skin, damaging the skin cells beneath. While people think their skin looks younger and even healthier when it’s tanned, the reality is that each tan is creating an irreversible skin damage. When you think of UVA rays remember they are causing sun spots, leathery skin and wrinkles.

UVB Rays are the rays you can blame when you get a sunburn. Unlike UVA rays, these rays aren’t always the same strength the full year-round; they are stronger in the summer months. They are also unable to go through glass. However, UVB rays reflect from water or snow and can cause a sunburn even in the winter, so it’s always important to protect yourself all year-round with sunscreen.

Sun Protection Factor - SPF

SPF — or Sun Protection Factor — is a measure of a sunscreen’s ability to prevent UVB from damaging the skin but is by itself not a measurement for how well it blocks out UVA light. The symbol with a UVA in a circle shows that the UVA protection is at least 1/3 of the UVB protection. Boots star rating is also a measurement that the products contains good UVA protection that also lasts well in the sun. All our products has a high or very high UVA protection.
SPF 15 filters out approximately 93 percent of all incoming UVB rays. SPF 30 keeps out 97 percent and SPF 50 keeps out 98 percent. They may seem like negligible differences, but if you are sun-sensitive, or have a history of skin cancer, those extra percentages will make a difference. And as you can see, no sunscreen can block all UV rays so being careful in the sun is a must, even with sunscreen on.

Sun Protection Factor - SPF

SPF — or Sun Protection Factor — is a measure of a sunscreen’s ability to prevent UVB from damaging the skin but is by itself not a measurement for how well it blocks out UVA light. The symbol with a UVA in a circle shows that the UVA protection is at least 1/3 of the UVB protection. Boots star rating is also a measurement that the products contains good UVA protection that also lasts well in the sun. All our products has a high or very high UVA protection.
SPF 15 filters out approximately 93 percent of all incoming UVB rays. SPF 30 keeps out 97 percent and SPF 50 keeps out 98 percent. They may seem like negligible differences, but if you are sun-sensitive, or have a history of skin cancer, those extra percentages will make a difference. And as you can see, no sunscreen can block all UV rays so being careful in the sun is a must, even with sunscreen on.

Sunfilters - what is good and what is bad?

The sunscreen filters are the ingredients that prevent ultraviolet (UV) light from getting through to the skin. Sunscreen filters don’t all work in the same way. At Paragon Nordic we use Sun filters that are the best at hand not to affect our environment, with the Coral reefs at the main focus.

In general, there are two types of sunfilters, physical and chemical. Physical sunscreens protect your skin from the sun by creating a layer on the skin that deflects or blocks the sun’s rays. Chemical sunscreens on the other hand work by absorbing the sun’s rays. At present, Paragon Nordic uses chemical sun filters because of its cosmetical elegance compared to the physical variants. Moreover, in sprays it is not legal to use nano-particles (most types of physical sun-filters) because they could damage the lungs. The sun screens you find on this homepage are developed for the European market but Paragon Nordic has the capacity to develop products for the US and other parts of the world, with or without physical sun filters.

Sunfilters - what is good and what is bad?

The sunscreen filters are the ingredients that prevent ultraviolet (UV) light from getting through to the skin. Sunscreen filters don’t all work in the same way. At Paragon Nordic we use Sun filters that are the best at hand not to affect our environment, with the Coral reefs at the main focus.

In general, there are two types of sunfilters, physical and chemical. Physical sunscreens protect your skin from the sun by creating a layer on the skin that deflects or blocks the sun’s rays. Chemical sunscreens on the other hand work by absorbing the sun’s rays. At present, Paragon Nordic uses chemical sun filters because of its cosmetical elegance compared to the physical variants. Moreover, in sprays it is not legal to use nano-particles (most types of physical sun-filters) because they could damage the lungs. The sun screens you find on this homepage are developed for the European market but Paragon Nordic has the capacity to develop products for the US and other parts of the world, with or without physical sun filters.

Suncare

The awareness of the need to protect our skin from the sun is high. The protection should be easy to apply, provide effective protection and be longlasting. Consumers with sensitive skin also prefer if the protection has a caring effect. When using Paragon Nordic to develop and produce your suncare products you can choose to  use skin care base formulas that provide both protection against the sun and a nourishing effect for the skin.

Some of the product categories we work with are:

  • Sunscreen mousse
  • Sunscreen spray
  • Sunscreen as lotion/cream
  • Tanning products
  • After sun

 

Proderm TechnologyⓇ & Pro-QⓇ derm

Proderm technology and Pro-Q derm are baseformulas that can be used to create a wide range of products in skin care, foot care and sun protection. Thanks to its nourishing and healing properties it is also suitable for products for dry and irritated skin and for sensitive skin.

For more information about how we can use these product bases for your products, please contact us! The technology is well documented and supported by a large number of studies.

Tanning

Selftan products are growing rapidly in popularity as people become more and more aware of the risks of exposing themselves to the sun but still want to look lively and tanned. We help you develop and produce products for your brand in this category and can of course create products in different types of formats such as mousse, spray and lotion. Together we create the perfect product for your brand!

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