It took the founders of local beauty brand Crystal Tomato® five years and at least 30 product revisions to create the perfect sunscreen. Reason being, conventional sunscreens that protect skin against UVA and UVB rays have long been a dime a dozen. What hadn’t been done before was this: a sunscreen clinically proven to shield against blue light, at a level of more than 50 per cent. And Crystal Tomato®’s new sunscreen has achieved just that.
WHAT IS BLUE LIGHT?
Blue light lies on the visible spectrum of light (the wavelength that lets us see colour). It’s both insidious and inevitable as it’s essentially everywhere. It comes from the sun, our smartphone screens, electronic devices and fluorescent lighting. This means that just sitting in the office or scrolling through Instagram under the blanket at night exposes our skin to blue light. And at close range, too.
BLUE LIGHT IS WORSE THAN UV RAYS
Most of us are already aware of the damage UV rays inflict on skin. UVA causes hyperpigmentation and wrinkles, and UVB is the culprit behind sunburn. Warning: Blue light does all that and is able to penetrate deeper into the skin’s dermis layer than UVA and UVB rays. According to Crystal Tomato®, some studies suggest that blue light is more active in causing pigmentation problems than UVA.
THE COMPLETE RANGE OF SUN PROTECTION
Enter the brand’s new sun protection cream, Beyond Sun Protection. It’s the only sunscreen that’s clinically proven to offer 54.1 per cent protection against blue light. That’s on top of its efficacy in shielding against UVA and UVB rays.
The founders of Crystal Tomato® say that this blue light protection value is a medicallyproven rating that is extremely difficult to achieve – which explains the brand’s five-year-long crusade for sunscreen perfection.
The process involved testing the sunscreen on 22 human volunteers, measuring the pigmentation caused by regular blue light after one hour of exposure, and the level of protection the sunscreen provided.
The formula is also chock-full of antioxidants and ingredients that provide added protection against other environmental pollutants (dust and dirt) as well as infrared light.
A SKIN CARE SUN SCREEN
One of the highlights of Beyond Sun Protection is its creamy, moisturiserlike texture. It glides onto the skin well and sets to a non-greasy, lightweight finish with a “dry touch”. Essentially, it melts into skin and doesn’t interfere with makeup.
The sunscreen is also hypoallergenic, noncomedogenic and nonacnegenic, so it’s gentle on sensitive skin and won’t clog pores or worsen acne.
The cherry on top: It also helps keep your skin moisture levels balanced, and brightens skin with long-term use, too.
Beyond Sun Protection costs $78.80. It’s sold at A.M Aesthetics, Aesthetic & Medical Clinic, Dermacare Aesthetic & Laser Clinic Singapore, Joyce Lim Skin & Laser Clinic, Prive Clinic, Woffles Wu Aesthetic Surgery & Laser Centre, and online at www.beyondsunprotection.com.sg
Visit the Crystal Tomato® Beyond Sun Protection popup store at Tangs Plaza Level 1, from now until Aug 31. Scan the QR code to redeem a sunscreen sample.
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