The SPF index is about sunburns. But how useful is it that your SPF30 might protect you from sunburns for 3 hours ? On a regular day, you don't need 3 hours of consecutive protection, you need sporadic protection during the 10 or 20 minutes that you're going to spend out and about during the day, when you step out for lunch, go grab coffee, or walk to your afternoon client meeting.
your GO-TO protection for ambient sunlight. EVERY DAY. All DAY. YEAR-ROUND.
Our booster serum stimulates your skin's natural sun defense for an active protection all day, and we've added anti-photoaging boosters to fight the damaging effects of UV-A rays and blue light.
Incidental Sun Smart Serum is safe for every day use: it contains no synthetic filters or harmful chemicals. It can be used alone or in combination with any SPF.
WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING ABOUT INCIDENTAL SUN SMART SERUM
"I’ve been using this serum for several weeks and I really like it. It doesn’t feel heavy on the face and didn’t cause me to breakout as I have acne prone skin... even in my 40’s. It also did not cause irritation on my children’s sensitive skin nor did it look “ghostly” on the skin as many spf’s."
"I have been using this serum for over a month and I absolutely love it. I have a combination skin, yet very sensitive so the composition is really important to me. I mix it with my day cream and it feels great on my skin. No greasy sensation, the smell is natural and fresh and it is such a different feeling than applying sunscreen."
"I had been using the serum for 1 week when I went to cheer friends running the NYC marathon. My face was in the direct sun for almost 2h which for a fair skin like mine meant... my skin would be turning red. But it didn't, and I could totally see a glow ! The dropper tip makes it easy to mix with my moisturizer, and I love the texture."
"I have bought a number of serums over the years (and spent a good amount of money on them) and find skinergies to be one of the better options out there. It smells really nice and feels great once I put it on my skin. I have noticed after two weeks of using a brighter tone to my skin, which makes me look more refreshed. I will be buying again for sure."
3 REASONS WHY SUNSCREEN is not ENOUGH FOR DAILY PROTECTION
1. YOU DON'T NEED TO PROTECT AGAINST SUNBURNS DURING THE DAY
2. SPF FADES AWAY WITHIN 1-2 HOURS
Presuming you have applied enough sunscreen on your skin (which is extremely doubtful especially if you use a moisturizer or make up with SPF, or a mist), by the time you get to the office in the morning, it is pretty much gone. The large majority of people don’t replenish throughout the day, starting with those who wear make up. The SPF sprays or mists that are around ? Definitely not enough SPF goes on your skin !
3. SUNSCREEN'S INGREDIENTS SAFETY IS UNDER GROWING SCRUTINY
What we put on our skin goes into our bloodstream, we know that. Popular sunscreen ingredients like oxybenzone, octinoxate or octocrylene are known to disrupt our DNA and our hormone system. Using sunscreen every day might put your health at risk, and we have absolutely no data to substantiate that they're either safe or unsafe. But when you consider that oxybenzone, THE ingredient that was in the very large majority of sunscreens so far, is being banned because it harms the coral reefs, it says enough about how harmful it can be to our health.
WHAT SCIENCE SAYS ABOUT IT
"We can find no consistent evidence that use of chemical sunscreens reduces the risk of melanoma.[...] Sunscreens do, however, reduce acclimatization to UVR and vitamin D production in the skin."
The risks and benefits of sun exposure 2016David G. Hoela, Marianne Berwickb, Frank R. de Gruijlc, and Michael F. Holick d
"Scientists believe that melanin protects the DNA in skin cells against damage from UVB rays by absorbing the incoming radiation. It isn’t perfect, [...] but the new study in the journal Current Biology shows that the body mounts its defense much sooner, well before it becomes apparent in the form of a tan."
ELENA Oancea, NADINE Wicks, Jason Chan, Julia Najera, Jonathan Ciriello - BROWN UNIVERSITY - NOV 3, 2011
"The shielding effect of melanin [...] is achieved by its ability to serve as a physical barrier that scatters UVR, and as an absorbent filter that reduces the penetration of UV through the epidermis. The efficacy of melaninas a sunscreen was assumed to be about 1.5-2.0 sun protective factors (SPF); possibly as highas 4 SPF, implying that melanin absorbs 50% to 75% of UVR. An SPF of 2 means the doublingof protection of the skin against sunburn."
Kaidbey KH, Agin PP, Sayre RM, Kligman AM. Photoprotection by melanin--a comparison of blackand Caucasian skin. J Am Acad Dermatol 1979;1:249–260.
"[...]Skin adapts to chronic UV radiation by increasing melanogenesis, thickening of the skin, activation of DNA repair systems, triggering cell cycle and growth inhibitors, enhancing cellular differentiation and sensitivity to apoptosis, increasing antioxidants and initiating anti-inflammatory effects. Skin that is not chronically exposed to UV radiation is more easily burned, indicating that we should be receiving regular, chronic sun exposure.[...]"
Brenner, M. & Hearing, V. The Protective Role of Melanin Against UV Damage in Human Skin. Photochemistry and Photobiology, 2008; 84(3):539-549.
After many years working in the sun care and skin care industry both in France where I come from and in the US where I've been living since 2007, I realized that neither sunscreen nor any other skin care, even the best antioxidants, were offering an adequate solution to what daily exposure to ambient sunlight actually does to our skin.
This why I created Skinergies, with the objective of bringing not only something new, but something useful, that makes everyone’s lives easier and healthier on a daily basis. Every day, each of us is exposed to UV rays and we can’t avoid it. There is an aspect of beauty in what we do: our products mitigate the signs of premature aging. But there is a much more important health aspect: we don’t die from wrinkles, but we do die from skin cancer, especially melanoma.
If Skinergies can play a role in improving people’s understanding of how sunlight affects their skin and how to revert it, I’d consider we’ve accomplished our mission. - Sylvie Giret, Founder & CEO
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. WHAT ARE THE INGREDIENTS?
Incidental Sun Smart Serum contains all naturally derived ingredients, marine algae and renewables resources, and botanicals. Our proprietary formula specifically contains the following key actives:
- Red Algae Porphyra Umbilicalis: the strongest natural UV-A absorption organism, thanks to its extremely high concentration in polyphenols. Lab tests demonstrated superior efficacy than the synthetic UV-A filter in your regular sunscreen, except not toxic.
- French Maritime Pine Bark, Polyphenols, Vitamin C and E: fusion of powerful antioxidants that help scavenge UV induced free radicals.
- Melanin activating peptides: help protect skin cells against the effects of photo-aging from exposure to UV rays and gradually restore natural sun protection and defense properties, provides a healthy year-round glow.
- Naturally derived hyaluronic acid: this anti-aging staple locks moisture and supports the regeneration of damaged skin cells, for a more youthful appearance.
2. CAN INCIDENTAL SUN SMART SERUM REPLACE MY SUNSCREEN?
Incidental Sun Smart Serum is a skin care alternative to sunscreen for daily protection against ambient sunlight and you can either use it as a complement or as a replacement. It primarily helps support the skin’s natural sun defense and repair mechanisms, while fighting the signs of photo-aging. It’s a year-round, everyday, all day booster serum formulated to allow a worry-free experience during passive exposure to sunlight (aka incidental sun exposure). Unlike a sunscreen that you need to replenish, Smart Serum is photo-active and only needs to be applied once a day. But for that trip to the beach or pool, always wear the appropriate clothing and/or sunscreen to avoid sun burns (and your Smart Serum!)
3. IS THERE A RISK OF HYPER-PIGMENTATION ASSOCIATED WITH USING INCIDENTAL SUN SMART SERUM?
Hyper-pigmentation, which is the appearance of uneven pigmentation on different areas of the skin, can unfortunately be the consequence of many factors including hormonal and systemic. On a strict skincare level, independent tests performed on our serum have shown no disruption in the distribution of the pigmentation.
4. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN INCIDENTAL SUN SMART SERUM AND A TRADITIONAL SUNSCREEN?
Our products are not meant to either compete with or replace traditional sunscreens; we use a different approach and Skinergies’ products are not meant for the same situations.Traditional sunscreens contain filters – chemical or mineral – that act as shields and either absorb or block UV light from penetrating the skin, hence preventing the synthesis of vitamin D. They are typically used during the sunny season or when intentionally going to the beach or pool. For a sunscreen to be truly efficient, a certain quantity of the active SPF ingredient must be applied to the skin (hence making products like sunscreen sprays or makeup with SPF not as effective because the active SPF ingredient is too diluted). Plus, sunscreen must be reapplied every hour or so to maintain protection.
Skinergies is different. Our products contain a potent blend of anti-photoaging fighters and are designed to restore the skin’s own photoprotection and repair properties, helping to naturally manage the impacts of passive sun exposure, a mechanism called photoadaptation. That’s why we recommend using our products all year. First of all, premature aging culprits such as UVA, blue and infrared light (IR) are equally intense in the winter as in the summer. But also because our melanin needs to be constantly stimulated if we want it to be efficient, especially when the strength of UVB’s intensifies during the sunny season. Finally, even in the absence of direct sunlight, our products work on stimulating the activity of the melanocytes, without the risk of creating hyperpigmentation.
5. WHY DON'T YOUR PRODUCTS CONTAIN SPF?
SPF, or sun protection factor, is the commonly used unit of measure for the level of UVB filtering in a sunscreen. And while overexposure to UVB rays can cause the skin to burn, UVB are the rays that help the body synthesize Vitamin D, and allow for an increase in melanin efficacy — both of which are very beneficial to overall health. Skinergies products are conceived to help the skin synthesize vitamin D and restore its natural photoadaptation properties, for a better management of the impacts of sporadic and passive sun exposure on the skin and health. Our ingredients have antioxidant and moisturizing properties, and contain blue light, IR, and UVA filtering ingredients.
6. IS THIS SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN? DO YOU HAVE CLINICAL STUDIES?
All the key actives in our products come wih clinical studies that demonstrate their performance. We use these ingredients at their highest recommended concentration, for an optimum efficacy. Our products are scientifically formulated, clinically tested, dermatologist approved and all our customer reviews are 100% positive.
Every day, our customers from all over the US report amazing results on their skin: radiance, more even skin tone, less breakouts, tighter pores, significant improvement of the appearance of their wrinkles and lines, hydration...