What even is a skinscreen?
Not gonna lie, we made it up. BUT the sentiment is true!!
A skinscreen is the perfect combination of skincare and sunscreen – with hydrating ingredients that are just as potent as their SPF counterparts. You can use them solo, or layered with your other skin staples like serums, moisturiser and foundation for an extra punch of hydration. All of our products are purposely designed to work for the good of your skin, both in the short and long term.
Why do I need an SPF?
Ultraviolet (UV) rays are the single biggest cause of premature ageing. Wrinkles, pigmentation, loss of skin elasticity, dark patches, and pre-cancerous skin changes are all part of the parcel. Oh, and of course there’s the more devastating risk of skin cancer. It only takes 15 minutes of exposure to the summer sun to burn your skin and damage your skin cells.
The sun emits three different types of UV radiation: UVA, UVB and UVC. While UVC rays are filtered by the ozone, 10% of UVB and 95% of UVA rays reach the earth’s surface.
UV can mean bad things for your skin cells, including types of DNA damage, and with extreme UV exposure, cell death. Some of this oxidative DNA and nucleotide damage, and a failure of the cells to repair this damage can prompt your cells to mutate, leading to the development of skin cancers.
What about Vitamin D?
Sure, Vitamin D deficiency can be pretty bad, but so can skin cancer. The good news is, you don’t have to sacrifice one for the other. It’s simple, just a few minutes of exposure to the summer sun on your face, arms and hands in the morning or late afternoon when the UV index is below three will top your Vitamin D levels right up.
Do I need to wear it every day?
Simply put, if the UV index is three or above, you need skinscreen. In Australia, the average summer day peaks at 12-14, and can even reach 16-17 in the northern parts of the country. So yeah, we’d recommend you wear SPF every single day.
Even in winter, the UV index can exceed 3, and often does for most of northern Australia. Check out www.myuv.com.au if you’re ever unsure.
Why Australian made?
Australian-made sunscreens are the toughest in the world. Not only do they need to work the hardest conditions (thinned ozone layer, duh), but we have the most rigorous testing standards. It’s always better to buy and use an Australian-made and tested SPF than one made and tested overseas. Read this for more info.
Why three, why not just one?
Because one skinscreen does not fit all. Each of our products have been tweaked a little, depending on what you’re after specifically. You have different shoes for different occasions, so why not have different sunscreens?
In what order do I use your products?
Queen Screen after/instead of moisturiser
Supreme Screen after/instead of moisturiser
Clean Screen after moisturiser
How much should I use?
You need 1/4 teaspoon of sunscreen for your face. And another 1/4 teaspoon (1.25ml) for the neck and décolletage. This number is actually an estimate based on the average face sizes and the SPF testing amount (2 mg per cm²).
So if you have a larger face, you’ll probably need more sunscreen, while a smaller one would require less. In Violette terms, this equates to 5 pumps of Clean/Supreme Screen, and 2.5 droppers or pipettes full of Queen Screen. Any less than that and you won’t be getting the full level of protection detailed on the packaging.
How long will I be getting sun protection?
You’ll need to reapply every 2 hours if you’re in direct sunlight to be safe.
Are your products vegan?
Most but not all Ultra Violette products are vegan. The only exception is Sheen Screen which uses sustainably sourced and cruelty free Lanolin.
Are your products water resistant?
No. Ultra Violette products are designed for daily use, but if you intend to spend a day at the beach or pool, you’ll need to reapply after swimming and/or profusely sweating.
If I’m using your products every day, how long should the product last?
If you’re using them correctly - every day according to the prescribed amount – your Ultra Violette skinscreen should last 40 days.
If my foundation has SPF 30 and I use an SPF 50 or 30 underneath, will I get their combined SPF (i.e. 80 or 60)?
Sadly not, you will only get the SPF of the highest amount you’ve applied.
Is the Zinc nano?
The answer is yes, but luckily, nanoparticles are coated and only reach the very top level of the skin (the stratum corneum), where they reflect UV light. Additionally, our normal shedding of skin continuously removes them. Finally, in nature, the nanoparticles tend to clump, making them larger than true nanosize. These real-life clumped nanoparticles definitely cannot penetrate the skin because they are too large, again easing fears of absorption. Don’t take my word for it, it’s been tested numerous times, and the sunscreens simply aren’t absorbed.