FAQ

Why does Astrus anti-aging give better results than most competitors?

We offer you a unique anti-aging formula. The specialists at Astrus have succeeded in developing no less than 7 active ingredients into a beautiful, stable and well-structured cream. This has a long-lasting effect on the skin and ensures a substantial rejuvenation.

What is the difference between UVA and UVB rays?

Natural sunlight consists of about 95 percent UVA and about 5 percent UVB. Both types can have a harmful effect on the skin. UVA rays mainly cause skin aging, which is why the ‘A’ stands for ‘Aging’, while UVB rays can cause sunburn (‘Burning’).

Can I fully protect myself from the sun with SPF?

First of all: products with SPF never guarantee 100% protection against the sun! But of course it is important to apply enough sunscreen, because on average only a quarter of the required amount is applied.

Should I apply sunscreen when the sun is not shining?

Even on a cloudy or even foggy day, your skin can be damaged. UV rays can always reach the skin and cause damage. Even minimal exposure to UV radiation such as a short walk or a terrace can be harmful to your skin.

How do I use oil for skin care?

The use and usefulness of oil has long been known and well documented, both for use as an anti-acne, moisturizing, anti-aging or its healing effect. The Astrus luxury natural skin oils even combine 5 different oils, combining both a healing effect and an anti-aging effect.

Is the use of parabens safe?

After buying a pot of cream that says ‘without parabens’ Inge Dil wonders: what are parabens? And are they perhaps carcinogenic?

Parabens are chemical preservatives. These are used in almost all cosmetics such as shampoo, cream or deodorant. According to the cosmetics industry, the addition of parabens is necessary in order to keep the products longer: cosmetics spoil quickly because almost all of them are made from water. Parabens kill or inhibit the growth of bacteria, fungi or yeasts.

‘The product has been used for years’, says Pieter-Jan Coenraads, professor of dermatology at the University of Groningen. Yet the preservative is not undisputed. Research has shown that there is a relationship with breast cancer. Warnings about its use can be found on the internet. However, the official scientific community considers these studies to be irrelevant or incorrect, and Coenraads also sees no reason for concern: ‘It is a good and safe remedy’.

The European directives, with which all products on the Dutch market must comply, confirm the Professor’s opinion. A recommendation from the European Commission states that it too does not see any dangers in the use of parabens.

But if parabens are safe, why is there such unrest? ‘With some regularity we suddenly get questions about it’, says a spokeswoman for KWF Kankerbestrijding. According to her, this is because a lot of research is misinterpreted. ‘People can’t properly assess the risks. The amount of parabens is so small that it is harmless.’

Just to be on the safe side, would you still like to buy paraben-free products? Dermatologist Van der Valk thinks this is nonsense: ‘Then there is another preservative in it. Parabens are the best and safest.’