Official Notice & Disclaimer
LuxVanite Pte Ltd is legally authorised as the sole and exclusive importer and distributor of "ALTURIST SUNSCREEN PRODUCTS" under the brand name "ALTURIST" in the region of SINGAPORE.
No seller(s) in Singapore may claim they are an authorised distributor/reseller of ALTRUIST or LuxVanite without the written approval or authorisation from LuxVanite Pte Ltd.
We, LuxVanite Pte Ltd and ALTRUIST, will not be responsible for any claims, exchanges or refunds of product(s) imported/purchased from any other seller(s)/platform(s) which are not affiliated directly with LuxVanite or our authorised reseller(s).
Do report to us any seller(s) whom you suspect are impersonating/ misrepresenting authorised reseller(s) of LuxVanite.
Note: ALTRUIST does not authorise or approve any seller(s) as their official distributor or reseller except those which have been listed on their official website.
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Frequently asked questions
How To Use
Do all skin types need sunscreen?
The simple answer is yes.
Sunscreen protects against the harmful UVA and UVB rays which can cause skin cancer and skin ageing. The fairer your skin the more essential sunscreen becomes. The risk of skin cancer is greater in those with lighter skin types, though Asian and African skins can prevent much of the changes associated with ageing (wrinkles, uneven skin tone and pigmentation) by using sunscreen year round whilst reducing further their already small risk of skin cancer.
Which sunscreen should I use?
When should I use sunscreen?
How much sunscreen should I use?
Probably more than you are at the moment! Most people do not use enough to achieve the quoted SPF.
It should be applied about 20 minutes before going out and then every two hours, or after swimming or towelling.
How often should I reapply sunscreen?
It’s always difficult to give an accurate guide to how often to reapply, as the strength of the sun and skin type vary so much, but every couple of hours should be plenty unless you’ve been swimming.
What's the difference between SPF 30 and SPF 50 protection?
What does it mean if the sunscreen says it's water resistant?
It means that after 20 minutes in the water the sunscreen retains 50% of its effectiveness (labelled SPF).
It’s not correct to say that a cream is water proof.
What about spray sunscreens?
There is some concern (as yet unproven) that there may be a risk if the spray is inhaled, so you should be careful to avoid the face. However, sprays are popular. It is essential that enough is applied – a single spray onto the skin will not provide adequate coverage. Spraying into the hand and then applying is the best option, though this perhaps defeats the point of the spray. Rather apply 3 or 4 “coats” each time to ensure adequate protection.
How should Altruist Invisible Spray be used?
If you spray and wait for it to dry, then you’ll need to apply a couple of times to ensure complete coverage.
Does Altruist use chemical or physical filters?
Altruist uses both physical and chemical filters to achieve optimum protection.
Is it still possible to burn when using sunscreen?
Yes, though if (SPF 30 and above) used correctly (applied in sufficient quantity and frequency) it is extremely unlikely.
No sunscreen actually blocks out all UV light, so it is theoretically possible if one had no natural protection from melanin (like those with albinism) and were outdoors from dawn to dusk in the hottest conditions by water (added reflected UV).
What else can I do to protect myself from the sun?
Try and avoid the sun between 11am – 3pm, when the sun is strongest.
Wear clothes, a broad rimmed hat and sun glasses.
Never use sun beds – they have been classified as carcinogenic by WHO (The World Health Organisation).
What about vitamin D?
Vitamin D is essential for bone health and increasingly is suspected to play a role in other health aspects, too.
I’ve heard that sunscreens can cause skin cancer. Is this true?
It has been shown that the regular use of sunscreen can reduce the incidence of skin cancer – in particular melanoma and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC).
Some population studies have shown that people who have used sunscreens seem to have a higher incidence of skin cancer.
The prevention of skin cancer (and skin ageing) trumps the unproven claims of harm from sunscreen.
Does Octocrylene cause cancer?
The concentration is always below 5 % in our formulations for sensory reasons.
What are the latest developments in the field of sunscreen?
Still the most important thing is to ensure that there is protection cross the UVA and UVB radiation spectrum.
The newest filter registered in the EU is Tinosorb A2B, which is in Altruist Sunscreen, this helps to ensure a more complete protection across the UV spectrum as there used to be a gap between the UVA and B peaks of absorption in sunscreens.
Nano technology is also a great innovation.
How can it be made easier for people to use a sunscreen every day?
By creating Altruist we have tried to solve this problem. Sunscreens need to be easy to apply, leave no residue and feel very much like a moisturising cream.
What is your advice when someone has oily skin?
Many sunscreens, especially those that are extra water resistant, tend to be very oily; this is what gives the shine and increases the risk of spots.
What is the best sunscreen for use around the eyes?
Can sunscreen be used in combination with make-up?
Yes this is possible.
What is the shelf life of Altruist Dermatologist Sunscreen?
Once opened the shelf life is 12 months, unopened it’s about 3 years.
Does Altruist test on animals?
As far as we are aware, It’s against EU law for any cosmetic to be tested on animals and we definitely have not been tested on animals.
Is Altruist vegan?
Given the interest in this issue we have investigated further and we know that the components are fully vegan except for Xanthan Gum as there are enzymes used during a fermentation process to get Xanthan Gum.
Is Altruist reef safe?
Altruist is looking into this further, but at present, there appears to be no clear opinion on if there are really reef-safe sunscreens.
Why is Altruist so cheap?
This 4 minute video could save a life.
Dr Andrew Birnie, co-founder of Altruist Sunscreen and a consultant Dermatologist specialising in skin cancer, talks to One Ashford Hospital and answers FIVE important safe-sun questions:
Does sun exposure causes skin cancer?
How can you avoid getting skin cancer?
How important is Vitamin D?
How does HE put his own safe-sun advice into practice?
What do you do if you think you have skin cancer?
PLEASE SHARE this video to EDUCATE & PROTECT.
Together we can raise vital awareness to increase the chance of early detection and diagnosis, and to help people understand the life-saving benefits of using quality SPF every day, all year round.
More about Dr Andrew Birnie and Altruist Sunscreen here
10p from every tube goes to charity
Altruist Sunscreen’s mission is to reduce incidents of skin cancer through the increased use of quality sunscreen, together with better education and awareness.