HOW DO I STAY SAFE IN THE SUN?
The sun is wonderful – and dangerous. So it should be enjoyed with care. Remember the Danish Cancer Society's three simple rules:
Shade: Enjoy life in the shade between noon and 3 pm, when the sun is at its harshest and really showing its full strength.
Sun hat: Remember to wear a sun hat and cover your skin with loose clothing when the sun is at its highest.
Sunscreen: Always wear a good sunscreen – and plenty of it! Protect your skin every day. From the first glimpse of spring to the last autumn morning – and all the days in between when the sun is out. Is your skin sensitive to the sun? Use cream rather than oil.
WHAT ARE UVA AND UVB RAYS?
The sun's rays contain two types of ultraviolet (UV) rays: UVA and UVB. These are light rays and invisible to the eye. It is important to protect yourself against both types of rays. UVB rays can cause sunburn and sun rash. UVB rays are the rays most likely to cause skin cancer, while UVA rays can damage the skin's DNA and cause premature ageing of the skin. The Danish Cancer Society recommends that you take extra care when the UV index is 3 or above. So seek shade, use a sun hat and sunscreen.
what is SPF?
SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and it is the protection that the product provides against UVB rays. The SPF factor is determined by testing sun exposure on human skin and the amount of sunscreen needed to prevent sunburn. If skin reacts with redness at a certain level of sun exposure, then protection is needed – such as with SPF 15, which allows you 15 times more sun exposure before the skin becomes red.
How much SPF is necessary?
According to the official recommendations from The Danish Health Authority, SPF 15 is sufficient for Denmark as long as you use ample sun cream. If you have pale skin or you are headed somewhere closer to the Equator, it is recommended that you use sun cream with a higher SPF.
What’s the difference between physical and chemical sun filters?
Sun filters are the active ingredients in your sun cream that prevent UV rays from penetrating the skin, either by reflecting or absorbing the sun’s rays. Physical filters reflect the rays, while chemical filters absorb them. We have chosen to use five chemical sun filters, all of which meet the EU's recommendations for optimum UVA and UVB protection and are approved by the Nordic Ecolabel. When something is chemically produced, it means that it is subject to testing. This way, we can be 100% sure about the content and effect of the finished product. We use only good chemicals in Rudolph Sun and Rudolph Sun Kids and we use various combinations of sun filters, according to the desired sun factor;
Ethylhexyl Triazone: A chemical UVB filter.
Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate: A chemical UVA filter.
Diethylhexyl Butamido Triazone: A chemical UVB filter.
Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine: A chemical UVA filter, which also has a synergistic effect on UVB filters and other UV filters. Oil-soluble filter.
Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine: A chemical UVA filter, which also has a synergistic effect on UVB filters and other UV filters. Water-soluble filter.
How much sun cream is enough?
Much more than you think! The recommendations state that you should use a generous handful of cream (approx. 40 ml) for your entire body in order to achieve the SPF level indicated on the product label. A child needs a child-sized handful to cover the entire body. It’s quite a large amount, and new studies from Danish Environmental Protection Agency show that the average Dane doesn’t use sufficient sun protection. A very thin application of SPF 15 sun cream translates into a mere SPF 3-5 on the skin, and that can mean potential sun damage.
Apply sun cream generously to achieve full protection, and follow the recommendations on seeking shade and avoiding sun at midday in order to get the best sun protection for your skin.
And always remember to reapply sun cream after swimming or sweating. The products are water-resistant but their sun protection efficacy is reduced after contact with water.
Can I use leftover sun cream from last year’s summer holidays?
Rudolph Sun products last for up to six months after they are opened. If you have a few squirts left over from last summer and you used the bottle on the beach, we recommend that you toss it out. If you’ve stored the opened container in a cool, dark place, it’s safe to use. If the sun cream smells strange or separates, bin it.
Does the filter or protection become less effective after the product has been opened?
The protection does not deteriorate. But the sun protection range does consist of organic ingredients with limited shelf life and we can’t guarantee your cream to smell and feel just like we intend it to do if it has been opened and used for more than six month. That is why we say that a used sun product lasts for one sun season.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN RUDOLPH SUN & RUDOLPH SUN KIDS?
Rudolph Sun is a range developed for adults and contains many active ingredients that nourish and care for the skin in the sun. The range contains natural perfume. In Rudolph Sun Kids we have removed the active ingredients and the perfume. Also, Rudolph Sun Kids is waterproofed and rich in soothing, calming and moisturising ingredients such as cucumber.
WHAT DOES THE SWAN SYMBOL MEAN ON RUDOLPH SUN & RUDOLPH SUN KIDS?
The Swan symbol is the Nordic Ecolabel. The label is your guarantee that special consideration has been given to the environment and to your health and that the quality is good. Strict rules apply to the sunscreens that may be used in Nordic Ecolabelled products. Sunscreens that are on the EU's list of substances suspected of being endocrine disruptors or classified as allergenic must not be used.
WHY ARE RUDOLPH SUN & RUDOLPH SUN KIDS NOT LABELLED WITH ECOCERT?
This is due to the simple reason that we do not agree with Ecocert's sunscreen policy. They only approve physical filters. We have chosen to use 5 effective chemical sunscreen filters that are neither greasy, sticky or leave a white residue while effectively protect against both UVA and UVB. The 5 sunfilters are all approved by the Nordic Ecolabel the Swan. It's your guarantee that you, the environment and your health are taken into account.
WHY IS RUDOLPH SUN KIDS NOT LABELLED WITH ASTMA-ALLERGI DANMARK?
Because the sunscreen's texture, spreadability and characteristics are important to us. We have for example added nourishing ingredients such as chamomile and soothing and moisturising cucumber. Unfortunately, Astma-Allergi Danmark doesn't approve these ingredients why we have chosen not to be certified with Astma-Allergi Danmark. Rudolph Sun Kids is certified with the Nordic Ecolabel – your guarantee that special consideration has been given to the environment and to your health. And that the quality is good.
TO WHAT DEGREE ARE RUDOLPH SUN RUDOLPH SUN KIDS ORGANIC?
Rudolph Sun & Rudolph Sun Kids contain between 20 and 25 percent organic ingredients. Under the list of ingredients, we state the organic percentage of the product concerned. 20 and 25 percent ecology may not seem like much, but water for instance counts as a natural ingrediens and not as an organic one. And water is often the main ingredient.
DOES RUDOLPH SUN CONTAIN PERFUME?
Rudolph Sun contains natural perfume made from natural oils without synthetic ingredients. We have chosen a natural perfume that is completely free of the 26 allergenic fragrances that cause the strongest reactions in people and which the EU recommends avoiding.
DOES RUDOLPH SUN KIDS CONTAIN PERFUME?
Rudolph Sun Kids doesn't contain perfume.
IS RUDOLPH SUN KIDS WATERPROOFED?
Rudolph Sun Kids is waterproofed, but after bathing and drying, some of the sun protection will be washed off even though it is waterproofed. To get the full protection be sure to apply sunscreen after a dip in the water.
Stains and discoloration from sun cream – what to do?
Chemical filters in sun cream can cause discoloration to clothing and fabrics. Stains can be removed by following these three steps:
- Apply ample liquid detergent to dyed fabrics directly on the stain and allow it to stand overnight. This will make the textile fibers lift and expand, making the stain easier to remove.
- Wash the item according to the instructions on the label.
- Repeat the process 2-3 times if necessary.
Do NOT use detergent with optical brighteners, bleach or stain remover with OXI action (such as Vanish); it will only worsen the stain and make it more difficult to remove.
Always allow your sun care products to dry on the skin before getting dressed, and consider leaving your most delicate and white clothing at home.
Softened nail varnish
Some sun creams can soften or dissolve nail varnish, and even though that may sound a little toxic, there is nothing dangerous in Rudolph Sun products. Today’s sun creams contain high UV protection with many filters, so it’s necessary to add a large quantity of softening oils in order to ensure that the sun cream applies smoothly to the skin. These oils are the reason that your nail varnish may become softened. Nail varnish requirements have also become stricter, which means that they dissolve more easily.