Aqua (Water), Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Titanium Dioxide (Nano), Diglycerin, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Dimethicone, Isohexadecane, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclotetrasiloxane, Magnesium Sulfate, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Caprylyl Glycol, Canola Oil, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Beta Carotene
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Sunscreen 5 gives a natural dewy finish while Sunscreen Matte 5M gives a fresh matte finish and provides better oil control for those with oilier skin. Sunscreen 5 contains SPF 30 with a PA+++ rating. Sunscreen Matte 5M contains SPF 30 with a PA+ rating.
Yes. Generally, applying sunscreens with SPF 25-30 liberally on skin can offer sufficient protection for outdoor activities. We recommend applying sunscreen liberally 15 minutes before going outside. Frequent reapplication (at least every two hours) is recommended if you are directly under the sun, or immediate replenishment after swimming or excessive sweating is also necessary.
Yes, UV rays can penetrate through windows as well. We recommend you to apply sunscreen in the day even though you may be staying indoors most of the time.
Our skin secretes sweat and sebum and combined with physical contact throughout the day, it is inevitable that our layer of sunscreen may be worn off. Hence, it is recommended to reapply sunscreen frequently as and when needed. If you are outdoors, reapply at least every two hours. Immediate replenishment after swimming or excessive sweating is also necessary.
If you are outdoors and do not have any makeup on, use a facial tissue to dab away sweat or any excessive sebum on the surface. Use an oil blotter if necessary. Follow with your sunscreen reapplication.
If you are wearing makeup, we recommend to reapply sunscreen with a cushion applicator after removing any visible dirt on the face. This method affects your makeup less and gives a more even coverage. Depending on your condition, you may wish to touch up on your makeup after.
Our sunscreens contain a hybrid of both chemical and physical filters.
By industry definition, ‘reef-safe’ loosely refers to products that do not contain oxybenzone and octinoxate, due to a ban in Hawaii arising from coral bleaching concerns. Both Sunscreen 5 and Sunscreen Matte 5M do contain octinoxate.
However, key industry players and scientists are reviewing this ban and further testing should be conducted to determine if the product is truly reef-safe. Please be assured that octinoxate is an approved sunscreen ingredient according to regulations imposed by ASEAN Cosmetic Directives, EU Commission and US FDA and is safe to be used in cosmetics.
Product pilling is seen as the ‘balling-up' of skin care products after being applied. This happens sometimes due to rubbing motion while applying sunscreen, previous product residue left unabsorbed before applying sunscreen and irregular exfoliation of the skin, causing skin care products to be unable to absorb into the skin easily.
If you experience pilling while using Sunscreen 5/5M, you may resolve this occurence by exfoliating skin regularly, allowing sufficient rest time for your products to absorb before applying sunscreen and pat the sunscreen into the skin with light motions instead of rubbing method.
Chemical filters like Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate and Ethylhexyl Salicylate are the likely ingredients for eye irritancy. Sunscreens that are applied too closely to the eye area may spread into the eye with perspiration or increased physical activity. Please note to avoid contact with the eye area and wash your hands after use to prevent accidental contact.
Our sunscreens do not refract UV rays. The physical sunscreen filters in our suncreen formulas create a barrier on the skin to reflect UV rays.
DR's Secret sunscreens are able to protect the skin from harmful overexposure to UV, which is one of the effects of pollution. However, pollution can cause several other effects and affect our skin in different ways. We do not claim that our sunscreens are anti-pollution products.
Sunscreen Matte 5M has a lower PA rating due to the varying compositions in chemical and physical sunscreens in order to achieve an overall mattifying effect. While Sunscreen has a higher PA rating, this does not mean that reapplication can be reduced or skipped. As with any sunscreen product, we recommend applying liberally and reapplying whenever required to ensure sufficient protection.
DR’s Secret Sunscreen 5 is formulated with Titanium Dioxide nanoparticles, while DR’s Secret Sunscreen Matte 5M is formulated using Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide nanoparticles.
Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide are the sunscreen active ingredients, also known as “physical blockers”, that reflect and scatter UVA/UVB rays. Evidence suggests that Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide do not penetrate through healthy skin and pose no local or systemic risk to human health from skin exposure. (Lademann 1999, Borm 2006, Sadrieh 2010, Gulson 2012). The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also proposed that Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide be classified as safe and effective for sunscreen use.
The use of nanoparticle-sized Titanium Dioxide and/or Zinc Oxide increases clarity, rendering them transparent on the skin yet still retaining the highly effective sunscreen protection. Furthermore, smaller particles of Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide allow denser packing of these sunscreen actives on the skin surface, covering the skin more evenly. Nanoparticles in sunscreen stay on top of your skin and do not penetrate the skin. (NanoDerm 2007, Sadrieh 2010, TGA 2017)
The nanoparticle-sized Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide in our Sunscreen products do not pose a risk to human health and are safe for daily use.
How to use DR's Secret Sunscreen 5 to ensure sufficient protection