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FREQUENTLY
ASKED QUESTIONS

  • IS EVY GOOD FOR SENSITIVE SKIN PRONE TO ACNE?

    EVY is particularly good for sensitive and acne-prone skin that is often dry, since the patented medical technology-based formula has a proven anti-inflammatory effect and soothes the skin. The formulation protects against external irritants, moisturizes and maintains hydration level as well as helps the skin to build up its own defence, whilst allowing it to breathe freely. Ordinary sunscreens – especially those that contain larger than nano-sized particles – often clog pores, and many people get rashes and even more blisters after using these sunscreens. Acne sufferers are often afraid of oils and fat clogging pores. This can prevent healing and contribute to more acne. But the right kind of fatty acids can actually help balance sensitive skin. Many people lack the right kind of strengthening fatty acids in their skincare routine, and therefore their skin continues to be sensitive, even though it is well moisturized and taken care of! Our Evy Aftersun contains several ingredients that further calm, heal and strengthen the skin. It is (despite its name) extremely suitable for daily use on the face, body and even hair! There we have also added a small amount of Caprylic Capric fatty acid, which is extracted from coconut oil, however it is much lighter and finer than ordinary oils. Great both before and after shaving or applying makeup, both of which are also often contribute to irritated skin and acne.

  • ARE THERE ANY INGREDIENTS AFFECTING THE HORMONE BALANCE / ALLERGENS OR NANOPARTICLES IN EVY PRODUCTS?

    No, there are no such known or controversial substances in EVY’s products. In this regard, the Norwegian Consumers Council has made a list of 35 sunscreens, of which only 11 met all the criteria set. Learn more about what is on their ‘banned list’ at http://www.forbrukerradet.no/test/2015/solkremtest-2015/

    All EVY products are actually hypoallergenic, which means that no skin irritation was observed during the independent laboratory testing. This is thanks to a combination of our technology, the low level (about 9%) of sunscreen filters, and low levels of each type of filter in the formula. It contains about 70% water and interacts effectively with the skin. The cause of reactions to certain sunscreens is often due to the sun filter(s) used- the permitted amount is actually up to 25%, so Evy is well below that.

    We have been working with sun protection since 1999 so we’ve been keeping a close eye on both trends within and the development of the market. When new filters appear on the market, they may sometimes appear to be better at face value, but there often isn’t sufficient testing or usage history supporting them. For example: 10-15 years ago parabens were widely accepted, but then were claimed to disturb hormonal balance. Physical filters like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide have been praised, then came research on nanoparticles that in principle all modern physical sunscreen contain, if they use these substances. (Evy does NOT contain Parabens or NanoParticles).

    You should also be aware that rules on sunscreens are different in different parts of the world. What is our ”truth” is not always universal. We believe that the US is somewhat behind us in development while Asia is ahead of us.

    We incorporate several different sun filters to get a combination that protects well against UVA and UVB. As a result, there is also a lower amount of filters which should be seen as an advantage in view of possible side effects. Thanks to the airtight aerosol packaging, our products do not need any preservatives, but still have 3 years of shelf life from the date of manufacturing.

    Here you can look up the topic and see what is on the EU list.

  • ARE THE PRODUCTS SUITABLE FOR VEGANS / ARE ANIMAL TESTED?

    In some of our products, collagen is added which is derived from cattle. If you want to avoid this ingredient, you can choose SPF 10, 30 kids or 50 Kids. No products sold in the EU have been tested on animals and there is zero tolerance since 2013. Many countries stopped animal testing a long time ago as there are alternative methods. However, it is impossible to say safely if any of the raw ingredients have been tested or not on animals before / from third parties as many have a distant origin. We can guarantee that none of our finished products have ever been tested on animals. Our products have been tested on people for the past 20 years. Animal skin is not the same as human skin; animal tests are not only unnecessary but also inaccurate.

  • DO MAKE-UP PRODUCTS CONTAINING SUNSCREEN ACTUALLY WORK?

    We believe that makeup containing SPF misleads the consumer. SPF 20 blocks approximately 94% of UVA rays but it is important to apply the recommended amount, which is almost impossible to achieve only with makeup. You would need to use an incredible amount of foundation or powder to achieve suitable protection. In addition you would likely need to reapply every two hours. Products that are not primarily sold as a sunscreen are not required to provide any information about the amount that should be used, or the UVA filter.

  • What does SPF mean?

    The SPF factor shows how much UVB radiation gets through during exposure to sun, provided that the right amount of sun protection is used. For example, SPF 10 allows 1/10 of the UVB rays through and therefore gives 90% protection while SPF 50 lets 1/50 through, which means it corresponds to 96% protection. It’s a common mistake to think that, for example, SPF 30 is twice as good as SPF 15, which is not true. SPF 15 gives 93% protection and SPF 30 almost 97%. Thinking you can stay in the sun 15 or 30 times as long is also incorrect. If you burn after 10 minutes, you can be out for 15 (SPF) x 10 (MINUTES) = 2.5 hours. This is also the total time you can expose the skin to the sun before it burns. This is assuming you apply the right amount of sun protection correctly as advised. With SPF 30 you should be able to stay in the sun for 5 hours in total if you re-apply properly.

  • Which protection factor should I choose?

    Which factor you choose depends on your skin type, how long your skin will be in the sun, the time of day, where you are, and what kind of activity you are doing. If you have a light skin tone and a tendency towards skin irritation, the higher the factor, the better. But it can be unnecessary to have a high SPF factor when you’re out for a quick jog or having lunch out in the sun.

    A common belief is that if you have a light skin tone you should use sun protection with a high SPF. But the truth is that everybody should protect themselves, even those who are darkly bronzed. Even if you don’t burn, your skin can be damaged by UVA rays which go further into the skin and can cause skin damage as well as skin cancer in the long term. We recommend that children under 16 always use SPF 30 or higher.

    EVY lasts longer on the skin and a lot of people think that a lower factor is enough, if they’ve been using another brand.

  • How should I use EVY? How much and how often?

    Shake the bottle and hold it upside down so that excess gas doesn’t leak out. Carefully push out the required amount of mousse. It’s better to take a smaller amount of mousse several times than a large amount at once to make the application easier. Work the mousse between your hands until it becomes a liquid-like cream, then apply carefully to each part of the body. An amount the size of a golf ball is about enough for an adult’s arm. The mousse will be absorbed completely within 5-10 minutes and won’t give any sticky feeling. If it absorbs quicker than this, you may have used too little (or you have dry skin) and if it still feels sticky it’s fine to rinse away excess with water without taking away the protection. Be aware that in humid and warm climates it can take longer for the mousse to dry. If you are going to be sunbathing all day, we recommend that you apply the mousse properly in the morning. Let it dry before swimming or putting on clothes. The protection lasts for up to six hours, even if you swim, but if you’re out in strong sunlight it can be advisable to work on sensitive areas during the day. 1 bottle is equivalent to about 10 whole-body applications.

  • What is the difference between EVY and ordinary sun protection?

    EVY’s core formula is a patented medicine-technological discovery which spreads across the entire outer layer of skin instead of staying on the surface, which many traditional sun creams do. For this reason, EVY doesn’t rinse off with water, sweat or towel drying and gives effective protection for up to 6 hours, unlike a lot of other sun creams which recommend re-applying every other hour. EVY’s fluffy, easily-applied mousse makes it easy to achieve the recommended sun protection level and lasts around twice as long compared to cream. Ordinary sunscreen lotions recommend 35-40 ml for a full body application. Sprays do not tell you how much you need ! The core formula strengthens the skin’s natural protection barrier and helps the skin to retain moisture and resist irritations even in testing situations with strong sunlight, wind, and salty water. The core formula also helps the skin to protect itself against various chemicals found in chlorinated water and strong soaps, for example. For this reason, a lot of people who suffer from various types of contact allergies (such as nickel or water allergy) have seen an improvement from regular use of EVY.

  • Will I be tanned if I use a high protection factor?

    Definitely, it’s pretty much essential for paler-skinned people. If you want a beautiful, long-lasting tanned complexion you need to protect the skin from burning. As soon as skin damage occurs, the skin quickly reforms new skin to replace the damaged area. The reality is that the skin doesn’t ’want’ to become brown, rather that it is a defence mechanism. After just a few days the skin can begin to flake and new pink skin appears. EVY protects the skin against skin damage and the melanin in the skin can develop a beautiful, brown colour which lasts for a long time. Pigment that comes from the sun takes about 48 hours to reach the surface. You should therefore not be red at all, if you are then it is sunburn. A quick tan, which can be achieved in a couple of days, is melanin in the outer layer of skin which is activated – but this colour disappears as quickly as it appears. Therefore it’s not worth damaging the skin for the short-term colour.

  • If you are tanned, do you still need to use sunscreen?

    Yes, keep in mind that when you are tanned, you still need a sunscreen to protect against UVA rays that damage skin. Even if you rarely or never burn, you risk getting skin cancer later in life due to invisible UVA rays. In less sunny parts of the world, 1 in 3 will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime. In the sunnier parts of the world, such as Asia and South America, it’s 1 in 5 despite the fact that people there are usually very aware of sun damage and don’t sunbathe the way we do in the Northern parts of the world.

  • How long does EVY keep for?

    Because of its aerosol container EVY never truly opens, the bottle squirts out the mousse and is really an airtight can. Since it never comes into contact with oxygen, it doesn’t go off and for this reason is completely free of preservatives and alcohol. So you can use up the entire bottle even if it’s been some time since you last used it. The best before date is printed on the bottom and that’s what to go by. However, our fifteen years of experience indicates that it actually works way beyond that date.

  • Are your products organic?

    Many wonder if EVY products can be classified as organic sun care, i.e. only made of ingredients that are already found in nature. The answer is no, but it is not as simple as that. For example, many natural substances can cause allergies and rashes. In the lab, you can remove the ingredient that causes the allergy but leave the effective ingredient, or increase an effect but then the substance is defined as a chemical. We want to make safe products that dermatologists recommend, and we don’t believe that a completely organic product can meet the standards to which we aspire. We make highly effective products so that even people without any colouring are able to stay in the sun, as well as them being hypoallergenic, comfortable and above all, long-lasting.

    Our products contain various chemical sunscreens in order to offer maximum protection against both UVA and UVB rays. This effective formulation only allows for a small amount of solar filters, below 10%. You can tell this as it’s fragrance free and also works on the lips and around the eyes. Another aspect is that the mousse does not need to be applied as often, and does not run off, which is especially good for the environment. Because of its aerosol dispenser EVY doesn’t open and never turns rancid the same way some other products do, for this reason it’s completely free of preservatives and alcohol, which is good news for sensitive skin. EVY products are manufactured in Sweden and the bottle can be disposed of in the recycling bin for metal.

  • What is the difference between physical and chemical filters?

    There is only one physical filter permitted for use today – titanium dioxide. In 2009, the physical zinc oxide in nano form was banned within the EU. Discussions also took place about stopping titanium dioxide products containing nanoparticles (essentially everything titanium dioxide) until there was sufficient research on this, but it was voted down. Nanoparticles added to products should not leave too much white, sticky film on the skin which physical filters often do. While physical filters allow the sun’s rays to reflect off, chemical filters work in such a way that the skin absorbs sunlight and converts it into harmless radiation. The skin doesn’t turn white or sticky.
Titanium dioxide is a common substance in nature that needs little processing, except that it’s most often used in nano form. The nano form covers 1/3 of UVA protection relative to the specific UVB protection given on the bottle. Therefore, the vast majority of manufacturers also use chemical filters that provide greater protection against UVA rays. Chemical sunscreens are composed of different ingredients, i.e. compounds of various substances produced for this purpose, and therefore labelled as chemicals. Today there are about 26 authorized chemical filters. There is no evidence to suggest that chemical sunscreens are dangerous in any way.
Choose what suits you. The most comfortable sunscreen on your skin and the one you actually use is, after all, possibly the best.

  • Am I at risk of vitamin D deficiency if I use sunscreen?

    Researchers from sunny Australia have carried out experiments about people’s ability to produce vitamin D with and without sunscreen. The investigation revealed that there was no significant difference. The body creates vitamin D quickly so it still gets enough, even if we use sunscreen. In Sweden we can only produce vitamin D from sun exposure for three months of the year, when the sun is high in the sky. But the shortage has more to do with diet than the sun. In countries such as Greenland and northern Japan people traditionally eat a lot of oily fish and aren’t lacking vitamin D. Cod liver oil and egg yolks are also excellent sources of vitamin D. Even people from sunny countries can show a lack of vitamin D, which also shows that it is diet in the first place that should be checked.

  • I am pregnant, can I use your sunscreen, and sun protection in general?

    Yes, absolutely, our products are very mild and scent- and preservative-free and suitable for anyone from 6 months of age upwards. During pregnancy, the level of female hormones in the body increases, this stimulates melanin synthesis and it’s quite normal to receive pigmentation changes (called melasma). This can cause brown or greyish spots that often appear on the forehead, cheeks and/or around the mouth. Sun exposure increases the risk of melasma significantly. In fact, the amount of sunlight the skin is exposed to on a sunny day can cause overproduction of melanin, and it can thus be sufficient to trigger pigment changes. Most often spots disappear within six months of giving birth, or sometimes they just fade over time but will not disappear completely if they have developed. If you want to prevent and avoid melasma, use a sunscreen with a high factor every day you’re out in the sun, and not just when you’re sunbathing on the beach. Remember that skin products (including some sunscreens) containing vitamin A make the skin more sensitive to sun because vitamin A has an exfoliating effect on the skin. Hence we burn more easily and the risk of pigmentation and other injuries increases if you do not use a high SPF. If you want to sunbathe in the summer, take breaks from the sun and stop in good time.

    On EWG.org (Environmentally Working Group), which is a US consumer information union, they warn against using sun spray because it contains nano or micro particles which can be inhaled in use. During pregnancy, it may be important to keep this in mind, and even after pregnancy, of course.

  • What is the difference between UVA and UVB, and what is infrared radiation?

    UVB is the high-intensity rays that burn the skin and it’s also what the number on the packaging indicates protection levels against. UVA rays penetrate deeper into the skin and cause skin damage in the long term. Previously it was not a requirement that sunscreen products should contain UVA protection, but nowadays there are a number of restrictions around the world. Within the EU, the products must contain at least 33% of the specified UVB factor. We believe this is too little, especially for children and for those with sensitive skin. For this reason, all EVY products contain over 90% UVA protection.

    Infrared radiation is simply heat radiation from the sun, not to be confused with UVB rays. Of course, intense heat damages the skin as well, but we generally get out of the sun or cool off if it gets too hot. There is no accepted research on whether the sun’s heat causes skin damage.

  • Is it safe to travel with Evy?

    We recommend that you wrap the bottle in a plastic bag and wrap it inside your clothes. Aerosols are more sensitive than the plastic bottles to rough handling and this can cause the foam to seep out. Also note that the bottle should not be exposed to direct sunlight or heat above 50 degrees. Otherwise EVY is a truly excellent travel buddy who is happy to travel with you and see the world.

  • Does EVY stain clothes?

    It is worth knowing that all sunscreens can leave stains, especially on white clothing. In our own tests, EVY may leave a faint yellow colour on white clothes that most often washes out. If the product has been absorbed properly into the skin before putting clothes on, the risk is minimal for marks.

  • Which sunscreen filters are active in the EVY products ?

    We use several different chemical sun filters in our products to achieve the highest possible protection against both UVA and UVB as all the filters have different modes of action. In that way we can keep sun filter concentration very low, or around 9 % . The allowed amount of the total concentration is up to 25%. The small amount of each substance minimizes the risks associated with a substance. Therefore, the products are gentle and hypoallergenic despite being highly efficient. Also the amount of water is 69%. It is worth remembering that all chemical filters are of organic origin but tailored precisely for the purpose of protecting against UV rays, which is not the case with physical sun protection.

    You will not feel any coating or extra heat in your skin as the formula allows your skin to breath normally and you will never have to wash off any remains. The formula breaks down and dis-activates in about 6 hours.

    UVA filter – Wavelenght nm 280-400
    Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine 
    UVA filter – Wavelenght nm 310-400
    Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate   
    UVA filter – Wavelenght nm 310-400
    Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane    
    UVB filter – Wavelenght nm 290-350
    Octocrylene 
    UVB filter –Wavelenght nm 290-350
    Ethylhexyl Triazone

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