Did you know that blue light emitted from electronic devices can be detrimental to our health? Let’s put it this way: it’s small, but savage. As the smallest wavelength on the visible light spectrum possessing the highest energy, blue light has the ability to completely penetrate the skin right down to the subcutaneous layer—heck, probably even your soul, too—causing skin discolouration, redness, inflammation, wrinkling and sagging over a prolonged period of exposure. Lovely. Luckily, homegrown skincare aesthetic brand Crystal Tomato has you covered with their latest product, Beyond Sun Protection.
Beyond Sun Protection sunscreen
Developed for a modern environment and lifestyle after undergoing five years of intensive clinical trials, this sunscreen offers our tech-savvy nation five unique properties: it moisturises, brightens and offers significant protection against environmental pollution, the absorption of blue light, infrared and ultraviolet rays. Formulated from a rare breed of non-genetically modified white tomatoes, Beyond Sun Protection’s groundbreaking technology can be tied back to its all-natural, active ingredients: colourless carotenoids—phytoene and phytofluene—that do not absorb wavelengths in the visible light spectrum, effectively acting as UV-blocking antioxidants.
This begs the question: why use white tomatoes instead of regular tomatoes? Hold that thought—why not stick to eating regular tomatoes? During the course of their research, the brand discovered two things: religiously consuming coloured carotenoids (lycopene and beta-carotene) from regular tomatoes does not, in fact, give you that rosy glow. It turns you into an Oompa Loompa. Secondly, all that effort would be for naught, considering that lycopene and beta-carotene do not possess the same UV-blocking and brightening properties as colourless carotenoids do.
Blocks 54% of blue light exposure to skin
This sunscreen is the first of its kind in the field to offer more than 50% protection against blue light—a rating of direct relevance to us, considering that Singaporeans are particularly susceptible to blue light exposure due to our continual and extensive use of electronic devices. Truly living up to its name, the sunscreen’s shield against blue light decreases the likelihood of free radical production in the skin which causes photo-ageing: premature wrinkling and sagging.
Shields from environmental pollution and infrared rays
Environmental exposure to UV light reduces the activity of antioxidant enzymes, subjecting the skin to neoplastic changes with age that lead to premature ageing, and oxidative stress which predisposes the individual’s susceptibility to melasma (hyperpigmentation). Also, you know, melanoma. Along with the sunscreen’s Sun Protection Factor of 75+, its high concentration of antioxidants ward off these harmful rays from penetrating the skin.
Protects against UVA rays with PPD 17+
Research on ultraviolet energy was still relatively new at the time the Sun Protection Factor rating was developed, which only measures protection from UVB rays. Although UVA rays are less intense than UVB, they are more prevalent and are able to penetrate clouds and glass. With the highest protection rating of PA++++ and Persistent Pigment Darkening (PPD) 17+, the sunscreen provides exceptional protection against UVA rays.
Moisturising and brightening
Containing pongamia pinnata seed extract (Indian beech) which has traditionally been used to relieve skin inflammation, and capsicum annuum fruit extract (sweet chilli peppers) which promotes vasodilation, this sunscreen brightens dull skin with a gentle glow. That’s not just it. This sunscreen also doubles as a face moisturiser that has been clinically proven to increase your skin’s moisture after 27 days, leaving your skin well-hydrated.
Lightweight, long-lasting, non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic
Truly, iconic. The formula’s light and non-greasy texture effortlessly absorbs and blends into the skin, leaving a matte feel that will make you forget you even applied it in the first place. A sunscreen that is lightweight and moisturising? What matte-ness.
Its added perks of being non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic mean that it won’t clog your pores, cause or worsen existing acne and is also gentle on sensitive skin.
Available in 50ml at SGD 78.80, Beyond Sun Protection is available at Tangs Level 1 (until 31 August), authorised medical aesthetic clinics and selected premium spas. Authorised medical aesthetic clinics: A.M Aesthetics. Aesthetics & Medical Clinic, Dermacare Aesthetics & Laser Clinic, Joyce Lim Skin and Laser Clinic, Prive Clinic, Woffles Wu Aesthetic Surgery & Laser Centre.