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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. Are Carroten products dermatologically tested?

2. What is the shelf life of Carroten products?

3. How do I know which Carroten product suits me best?

4. Why does Carroten have carrot as its basic ingredient? What are its benefits?

5. What is the SPF?

6. How do I apply sunscreen correctly?

7. Suppose I apply my sunscreen once. Is this enough for a whole day?

8. How does sun exposure affect the aging process of the skin?

9. Why does the skin darken during sun exposure?

10. What is the impact of UV radiation on the skin? 

11. Does an umbrella provide adequate sun protection?

12. Does water provide sun protection?

13. When is the sun more dangerous?

14. Is a cloudy sky harmless?

15. Golden tips for a perfect tan

16. Do I have to wear sunscreen even when I' ve achieved the desired tan?

17. Does wearing sunscreen mean not getting a tan?

18. At what age should the use of sunscreen begin?

19. How can I protect my hair from the sun, salt and pool chlorine?

20. What's the importance of UV filter photostability in sunscreen products?

1. Are Carroten products dermatologically tested?
All Carroten products undergo constant dermatological controls, aiming to ensure maximum safety and health to those who prefer them. They are also phototoxicity tested, in vivo (i.e. under actual UV radiation).

2. What is the shelf life of Carroten products?
Proper storage conditions provided, all Carroten products remain stable for 36 months. It is important to mention that, once opened, a product must be used within the limit indicated by special signage on the back of the package (inner or outer). This signage comprises of a small container with open lid and a number indicating the months during which the product can be safely used, after opening.

3. How do I know which Carroten product suits me best
Choosing the right product and SPF depends on many variables like skin type, desired product texture (oil, millk, spray), time of day and duration of sun exposure, altitude and latitude. To be sure you select the product that best meets your needs, we recommend that you fill in our special questionnaire on finding your very own, tailor made SPF.

4.Why does Carroten have carrot as its basic ingredient? What are its benefits?
Carrot oil is rich in carrotenoids. The most well known carrotenoid is beta-carotene, which converts to vitamin A, once in contact with the skin. Beta-carotene is a provitamin that nurtures skin. Furthermore, it helps accelerate tanning, contributing to the production of melanin. Last but not least, beta-carotene's protective action increases skin' s resistance against UV radiation "attacks".

5. What is the SPF?
Without protection, sun exposure is safe only within a specific time limit, which, according to skin type varies from 5 to 30 minutes. The multiplication of a product's Sun Protection Factor (SPF) by the skin's natural sun resistance span (with no protection) produces the total amount of time during which we can safely enjoy the sun. In a nutshell, the SPF is the multipliable factor of our skin's self-protection time limit.

6. How do I apply sunscreen correctly?
Sunscreen should be applied on clean skin, 15-30 minutes before sun exposure. It is essential to use sufficient amounts on all exposed skin areas and reapply frequently, especially after swimming, towelling and perspiring.

7. Suppose I apply my sunscreen once. Is this enough for a whole day?
Once is not enough. Sunscreen should be applied frequently, on sun exposed body parts. Keep in mind that no product offers 100% protection. Consequently, it is vital to protect yourself with proper clothing, a hat and some shade, as well. Additionally, you should avoid sun exposure during peak radiation hours (11:00 - 16:00).

8. How does sun exposure affect the aging process of the skin?
Τime leaves its marks on our skin. Malnutrition, stress, smoking, the environmental pollution, but also, sun over exposure can accelerate the aging process, resulting in the appearance of more wrinkles or skin spots. To be more specific, the aging process speeds up by the sun' s effect on the skin (photoaging).

9.Why does the skin darken during sun exposure?
When exposed to sun rays, the skin produces a pigment called melanin, through specific cells known as "melanocytes". Melanin is the skin' s natural protector against sunburns. Nowadays, however, because of the environmental pollution (due to the ozone hole) makes the use of sunscreen a necessity.

10.What is the impact of UV radiation on the skin?
UV radiation can cause superficial damage on the epidermis (like common sunburns), while part of it, penetrating the skin, can cause deeper and severe damage. Some of the negative consequences of the UV radiation activity are:

  • Skin burns
  • Photoallergic reactions, photodermatitis
  • Premature skin aging (gradual acceleration of the aging process, causing cutaneous disorders and downgrading of the skin' s anatomy)
  • Skin cancer
  • Immune system derregulation and defence mechanism decline
     
11. Does an umbrella provide adequate sun protection?
An umbrella is more or less penetrable by sun rays, according to fabric and colour. It is definitely not 100% sun proof, as it cannot fully absorb sun radiation. However, it is worth mentioning that sun rays can also be reflected on water and sand. So, whether under an umbrella or in the water, we never are completely protected.

12. Does water provide sun protection?
Water protects only from the heat and not the harmful UV radiation.

13. When is the sun more dangerous?
Harmful UVA and UVB radiation is more intense during midday and the early afternoon hours in the summer, when sunlight hits the surface of the earth vertically. This is why sun exposure should be avoided between 11:00 and 16:00. Bear in mind that sunscreen is necessary even on a mountain, as we get closer to the sun.

14. Is a cloudy sky harmless?
Regardless of feeling its heat, the sun' s harmul rays still reach the surface of the earth, finding their way through the clouds. So, even in a cloudy day, you must be protected with a trusted sunscreen.

15. Golden tips for a perfect tan

  • Get prepaired with a facial and body scrub. Smooth skin is the basis of an even tan result.
  • Apply your sunscreen on face and body, at least 15-30 minutes before expected sun exposure and reapply frequently, especially after swimming, towelling and perspiring. Remember that, according to skin type, it is wise to start with a higher SPF product and work your way down as your tan progresses. Never stay in sun without sunscreen, while you should always wear a hat and sunglasses.
  • Spread your sunscreen evenly. Don' t neglect areas like inner knees and wrists, the upper side of the feet, shoulders and bust. Pay attention to body parts with excessive perspiration, since the latter liquidifies the sunscreen, weakening its effectiveness.
  • Go to the beach without make-up. Cosmetic products prevent the skin from sweating and might cause discolorations or rashes.
  • Once at home, take a cool or lukewarm bath. Cleanse your face thoroughly, using a lotion. While applying your body moisturiser, let a rich layer of a hydrating mask replenish your face. Keeping your face and body moisturised is vital not only for the battle against dehydration and appearance of wrinkles but to the preservation of your tan, as well.
  • For an impressive evening look, apply a transparent , shimmering face powder, using a buffer brush. Continue with the moisturising, Carroten After Sun Shimmer Milk for your body and there you have it: beautifully highlighted tan and radiant, healthy skin. 
16. Do I have to wear sunscreen even when I' ve achieved the desired tan?
Whether your skin is already tanned or naturally darker, you should never remain unprotected. The increased amount of melanin can protect you from sunburn but not from other negative consequences of sun exposure like photoaging or skin cancer. Do not drop your sunscreen by any means.

17. Does wearing sunscreen mean not getting a tan?
Tanning occurs only if the skin phototype allows it. Should your type be 1 or 2 (very light /sensitive skin, light skin), you will get a tan at very slow pace, as your skin produces melanin in small quantities. In case you don' t use sunscreen, you can only get red -even burned- causing long term cutaneous damage.
 

18. At what age should the use of sunscreen begin?
Sun protection should start in infancy. The Carroten line for children, consisting of 4 specialized and deliciously fragranced products, can safely be used from the age of 3. It is important to mention that, according to dermatologists, babies and toddlers up to 3 years of age should not be exposed to direct sunlight, but kept constantly in the shade, with proper clothes, hat, sunglasses and, of course, the appropriate sunscreen. CARROTEN KIDS suncare has been developed to meet the needs of children in the age of 3 and over.

19. How can I protect my hair from the sun, salt and pool chlorine?
Prolonged sun exposure can lead to hair breakage and colour fading. Gradually, hair loses its healthy and shiny appearance. It becomes fragile, lacking elasticity. Therefore, we always carry a product that protects hair from the negative consequences of sun and salt, while providing all the nutrients that hair needs to maintain its health and natural shine. Carroten Suncare Hair Spray works as a hair "shield" against summer "attacks". With provitamin B5 and vitamins A+E nourishes and moisturises, while -thanks to its non-greasy formula- keeps your hair light. 
 

20. What's the importance of UV filter photostability in sunscreen products?
UV protective filters can be weakened by sun radiation, allowing harmful rays to penetrate the skin. It is, consequently, essential for filters to remain stable (i.e. photostable), in order to provide optimal protection. All Carroten Suncare products contain photostable filters, ensuring maximum skin protection.
 

   
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