Discover FILORGA’s Urban Suncare Solution For Every Day Skin Protection

Discover FILORGA’s High Protection Suncare Solution

Leveraging its extensive medical expertise, FILORGA has now created *UV-DEFENCE*: an urban sun care to combine generalised anti-ageing protection with a filtering system.
UV-DEFENCE ensures a very high level of protection for all skin types, a daily skincare to fight against the visible signs of ageing.

It includes powerful active agents that combat the harmful effects of UV radiation:

A powerful combination of sun filters paired with antioxidant vitamin E to protect the skin against UV light and free radicals.

A hop extract regulates melanin synthesis to fight against photo-induced dark spots.

A brown algae extract combined with hyaluronic acid to instantly regenerate skin tissues and reduce the signs of ageing.

When applied daily or during sun exposure, the easy-to-apply melt-in texture of this product leaves a non-sticky, non-oily finish on the skin. Before exposure, apply a sufficient dose to carefully cover the exposed area. Reducing the amount applied will reduce the level of protection. Repeat application frequently, especially after swimming, in case of perspiration and after toweling off. Also ideal to protect sensitized skin after aesthetic procedures on unbroken skin.

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The best reef-safe sunscreens to protect your skin and the seas this summer

So you’re enjoying a relaxing day by the beach and you’ve already slathered on enough SPF to render yourself 10 shades whiter.
It’s common knowledge that wearing sunscreen is not only your best defense against anti-ageing, but also against sunburn and skin cancer. We’re all for shielding our skin from damaging UV rays, but we might also be damaging the coral reefs in the process.
In 2018, Hawaii became the first state in the US to ban the sale of sunscreens that contain two common ingredients in the product: oxybenzone and octinoxate. While they’re both commonly used UV blockers worldwide, they’ve also been deemed potentially harmful to aquatic life — most alarmingly, coral bleaching. Other ingredients like octocrylene, homosalate, and octisalate have also been found to be potentially damaging to marine life.

It’s important to note, however, that there’s still no agreed-upon definition of what constitutes a “reef-safe” product. The lack of government regulation means that manufacturers aren’t required to test every single product before it goes on the market.
This doesn’t mean that you should totally abandon sunscreen, Instead, proper knowledge of ingredients are key to ensuring that you leave as little chemical footprint as you can while in the ocean. Besides avoiding the ingredients mentioned above, mineral (aka physical) sunscreens with “non-nano” zinc oxide or titanium dioxide are also better alternatives for coral reef health because they sink and become part of the ocean sediment instead of dissolving in the ocean and potentially threatening marine life.
If you truly want to make a difference however, there are more reef-friendly steps you can take. Wearing clothing with UPF (ultraviolet protection factor), for example, will require lesser sunscreen to be applied while still giving you the same amount of protection.
While it’s important we do everything we can, climate change is still the number one cause for coral reef death and marine life endangerment all over the world, so making informed decisions about every purchase you make — not just sunscreens — can make a big difference.
Here are the best reef-safe sunscreens that will be kinder to the environment.
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Could gender-neutral products be the future of beauty?

Focusing on what your skin needs rather than stereotypical keywords on the packaging, gender-neutral products are taking the beauty world by storm.
As a biomedical scientist, physician and one of the most reputable experts in the field of stem-cell biology and regenerative medicine, establishing a skincare brand wasn’t at the top of Augustinus Bader’s priorities. But his business partner, Charles Rosier, thought otherwise.
“He had the vision to apply the technology to skincare consumer products to fund my research,” says Bader. “He thought if the technology could turn burned skin into perfect skin, then the know-how could be used to develop innovative skincare to help with wrinkles.”
It took some convincing, but when Bader noticed his patients coming back for more of the creams he was making for them, he changed his mind and has since applied his intrinsic knowledge of stem-cell research into skincare products.
“Our skincare technology moves in the field of epigenetics,” says Bader. “In other words, it works with the skin’s own intrinsic repair needs by delivering various active ingredients that control and influence the skin cells in a targeted manner.”
Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream and The Cream
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Augustinus Bader’s proprietary Trigger- Factor Complex 8 contains building blocks of amino acids, vitamins and synthesised molecules in the same concentration and combination as found naturally in healthy young skin. “TFC8 functions like GPS, utilising a novel transporting mechanism made up of ceramide structures to deliver these nutrient compounds to the right location within the skin-cell microenvironment,” says Bader. It encourages the skin to undergo a physiological process of remodelling, enabling your own body to fix your skin problems all on its own.
Perhaps because of this vastly science- driven technology, the Augustinus Bader brand has rapidly found favour with the beauty community, and especially among men, who are increasingly getting into the habit of taking better care of their skin, and want no-fuss but science-proven products.Bader calls his products genuinely unisex. “They work independently from gender differences but adjust to individual skin needs. We call this next-generation intelligent skincare,” he says. And while men might prefer The Cream for its neutral texture, the technology in all the products is the same.
“It’s not a question of which cream will be more efficient than the other. The texture is more for personal preferences and possibly climate,” he says.Science tells us men’s skin is generally thicker than women’s, and tends to produce more oil. But skin types themselves are not gendered, ranging from dry to oily to sensitive through to combination.
Omorovicza Midnight Renewal

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Hungarian thermal-water beauty brand Omorovicza’s co-founder Stephen de Heinrich de Omorovicza concurs. “Typically,” he says, “we men have slightly thicker skin, but then you still need to cleanse, you need to exfoliate and you still need to moisturise, and there’s absolutely no reason on earth that you can’t use the exact same products.”
It’s no secret that the grooming industry is growing, and has recently been fuelled by the pandemic, as people pay increasing attention to self-care and general wellbeing. At luxury e-commerce platform Mr Porter, grooming has become one of its top 10 product categories in the Asia-Pacific region in 2020.
“Men are spending more money on their skin and hair than ever before,” observes Ashley Clarke, deputy editor at Mr Porter. “As more men are embracing self-care, caring for their skin is becoming increasingly important.”
While the beauty industry has been traditionally female-centric, shifting preferences have recently seen a proliferation of products that combat individual skincare needs regardless of gender, often touted as effective, no-nonsense products that are suitable for everyone. “In other words,” says Clarke, everyone’s skin is different, so drawing gendered lines isn’t always helpful when we’re looking for something that’s going to work for us specifically. The simple rule of thumb is to know your skin type and match the right daily products to your regime.”

Everyone’s skin is different, so drawing gendered lines isn’t always helpful… the simple rule of thumb is to know your skin type and match the right daily products to your regime
Ashley Clarke
Of course, we can’t discount products that target typically male concerns such as shaving rash or especially oily skin, but Clarke believes there’s “still room for men’s skincare products to expand to cater for more skin types and concerns, and that’s where genderless skincare products can fill the gap.”
Newby Hands, Net-a-Porter’s global beauty director, believes there’s still some merit to gendered beauty products. “Although some concerns are universal, such as providing hydration and skin protection, some are more gender specific,” she says. “Men are known to have a higher density of collagen creating a thicker skin barrier.” Another obvious point of difference is that men also need to manage facial hair, which can often cause ingrown hairs and bumps and sensitivity around the area.
Dr. Barbara Sturm Calming Serum

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Hands suggests brands such as 111Skin, Augustinus Bader, Dr Sebagh, Dr Barbara Sturm, Dr Dennis Gross, which all offer products that target skincare concerns that trouble everyone.
For oily skin, Clarke suggests the Matte Balancing Moisturiser by Grown Alchemist, while for sensitive skin, the Calming Serum from Dr. Barbara Sturm works wonders. And for daily wear, something with SPF is always recommended, such as the SPF30 Face Moisturiser from Malin+Goetz.
Aesop, the forerunners for genderless beauty products

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You could argue that the forerunners for genderless beauty is the Australian plant- based skincare company Aesop. Packaged in signature amber glass vials and labelled simply, its products even come with a botanical scent that’s pleasing to everyone. More recent is Fenty Skin, founded by singer Rihanna, who’s a prominent supporter of inclusivity, and whose products, which include a cleanser, toner, serum and moisturiser, come in minimal packaging and are meant for everyone. Meanwhile, Drunk Elephant, which was founded by Tiffany Masterson in 2012, goes so far as to do away with “skin types” completely. In spite of the rainbow-coloured and fun packaging, its science is serious, with formulations that focus on balancing the skin’s pH levels, using ingredients based on biocompatibility rather than looking at any specific skin types or genders.
Fenty Skin starter kit

Shop Fenty Skin here.
Ultimately, says Clarke, skincare is important for everyone. “UV rays, harsh weather conditions, pollution and ageing are all factors that affect every person in the world, regardless of gender. Fortunately, the skincare now available has never been better at addressing all of these things.”
“Beautiful skin is a reflection of health, regardless of gender differences,” says Bader. “Your skin is a reflection of yourself and that’s what people see first.”
That’s probably the biggest take away. Skincare is personal, it’s individualistic, and it’s really just about taking care of yourself. “Keeping your skin healthy will give you an abundance of protection for the rest of your life,” says Bader. “I think about it as a part of being healthy as a human being.”

Skincare is personal, it’s individualistic, and it’s really just about taking care of yourself
Augustinus Bader
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