Types of UV protecting remedies

Summer is nearly here in Australia, and we all want the best for our skin. With the right methods of approach to sun protection measures, UV damage and skin aging can be avoided.

What are the main types of UV protecting remedies should you be aware of?

Dermatologists and researchers agree that the best and most affordable youth-protecting and anti-aging treatment is sunscreen.

There are two types of sunscreens.

Chemical sunscreens (absorbers) work by absorbing the suns UV rays and releasing them off the skin as heat. As a result, it prevents UV radiation from penetrating the skin.

Key ingredients: Octinoxate, Oxybenzone, Octisalate, Avobenzene, Helioplex


  • Greater SPF coverage
  • Invisible finish, no odour and has a fine, fluid text that absorbs easily into the skin
  • Water and sweat resistant so is really good for days on the beach


  • Applied to clean face 20 minutes before heading into the sun, which can time consuming. It is usually the first step of your skin care regime.
  • Presence of chemical ingredients can irritate skin and eyes
  • Long term use of chemical sunscreen has researchers questioning free radical damage on human body

Physical sunscreens (blockers) work by physically reflecting and scattering the UV rays by using a UV filter.

Key ingredients:  Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide.  


  • Works immediately compared to chemical sunscreens, sits on top of the skin and is usually the last step in your skin care regime
  • Ideal for sensitive skin such as rosacea
  • Longer shelf life


  • Not has sweat and water resistant compared to chemical sunscreens
  • Frequent application is required
  • Can be thick and heavy on skin
  • Sunscreens with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide tend to leave a ‘white-cast’ effect on skin after use

Whilst we have heard of the common oxides as a UV blocking agent, a new generation Japanese technology called ‘Plat Ceria’ is a combination of platinum and the earth element, cerium oxide that scatters both UVA and UVB rays.

‘Plat Ceria’ is Gensen Japan’s key ingredient in promoting effective UV protection. It is a lightweight and moisturising gel-like substance, suitable for oily skin types and does not leave a white-cast, unlike the traditional physical sunscreens.

Ultimately, more skin experts are recommending the use of antioxidant serums underneath sunscreens to prevent anti-aging effects. With abundant serums on the market, targeting different skin conditions, how do you know which one to choose?

Luckily, with innovative technology, Gensen Japan has formulated a Day & Night Repair Serum, which contains a combination of ingredients that targets hydration, anti-aging effects, promotes skin healing and activates skin defence system. It

contains antioxidants sourced from natural and exotic Japanese ingredients such Japanese Citron extract, Chamomilla Recutita and soybean, reducing damage from free radicals. Two main ingredients including concentrated onsen water from Japan’s Miyazaki region and Plat Ceria, work together to induce skin-restorative properties and UV-scattering effect.

We can see here that Gensen Japan’s products are formulated to target skin renewal effects as well as protect the skin from UV damage. It’s an all-in-one product! What’s not to like?

Sometimes, less is indeed more.