Introducing Altruist: Creators Of Affordable SPF And Soothing Skincare

lady applying Altruist sunscreen to her face

Renowned for their dedication to formulating clean, dermatologically tested skincare that includes affordable SPF, that's effective, and cruelty-free, Altruist is on a mission to make clinical skincare available to the masses, regardless of their budget and skin type. Creating cleansers, serums, moisturises, and high-protection sunscreen, Altruist's products soothe and nourish your skin, their affordable vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, and retinol-enriched formulas leaving your complexion rejuvenated and radiant.

Formulating dermatologist sunscreen that’s gentle enough to keep your whole family safe in the sun, Altruist ensures that their sensitive skin-friendly skincare range keeps your skin free from reaction or irritation, removing parabens and fragrances from their hypoallergenic formulas.

Dedicated to sustainability, Altruist uses recycled plastic in 49% of their packaging and ensures that their skincare range is cruelty-free, coral friendly, and vegan friendly, minimising their environmental impact.  

Meet The Founders

Meeting in South Africa, Altruist founders, Andrew Bernie, a consultant dermatologist and skin cancer surgeon, and David Westerbeek van Eerten, an economist, bonded over their love of surfing, creating Altruist sunscreen through their passion for sun protection and skin health.

Hoping to reduce skin cancer instances and promote better awareness and education around skin health, the duo worked with some of the best formulation scientists in Europe, creating premium quality and affordable sunscreen that keeps your skin shielded from the sun.

Altruist founders

Why Is Sunscreen Important?

Preventing UV radiation from reaching your skin, sunscreen protects against skin cancer, sunburn, premature ageing, hyperpigmentation, and heat-related illnesses like sunstroke, so it's essential that it's worn year-round to minimise damage to your health.

Skin cancer occurs when UV radiation hits your skin, damaging the DNA in your skin cells and leading to mutations. Over time these mutations can accumulate, causing the cells to uncontrollably grow and divide, eventually leading to cancerous tumours in your skin.

Applying a high-factor sunscreen is a simple and effective way to prevent UV rays from reaching your skin, minimising sunburn and DNA damage that can increase your risk of skin cancer.

What Do The Different SPFs And UV Ratings Mean?

Overwhelmed by the different SPF levels and UV ratings? We’re here to help!

UV radiation is a form of energy produced by the sun and can be divided into three types: UVA, UVB, and UVC, the most common being UVA and UVB which can cause skin cancer.

UVB radiation is the one that causes sunburn, enables vitamin D production, and causes skin cancer, whereas UVA causes photageing, leading to wrinkles and brown spots, and also cancer.

SPF indicates UVB protection and stands for Sun Protection Factor, the number indicating the number of times longer you can stay in the sun before burning, compared to wearing no sunscreen.

The amount of UVB radiation that’s filtered out varies with different SPF levels:

  • SPF15 blocks 93% of UVB radiation
  • SPF30 blocks 96.7% UVB radiation
  • SPF50 blocks 98.3% UVB radiation

To ensure you have maximum protection against skin cancer it’s always better to aim for the highest SPF rating you can, preventing the maximum amount of UVB radiation from reaching your skin.

Altruist suncreens

5 of Our Favourites From Altruist

Altruist Face Fluid Sunscreen SPF50

Formulated with a 5-star ultra UVA rating, this high-protecting Altruist Face Fluid Sunscreen SPF50 shields your skin from both UVA and UVB radiation, the vitamin E-enriched formula defends against free radicals to prevent cellular damage.

Created specifically to shield sensitive and mature skin from the damaging effects of the sun, this non-comedogenic sunscreen eliminates the cause of premature ageing, with the hypoallergenic formula nourishing your skin to keep it fresh, youthful, and protected.

Altruist Invisible Sunspray SPF50

Perfect for keeping your skin shielded from the sun on the go, this handy, high-protecting SPF50-rated Altruist Invisible Sunspray defends your skin against both UVA and UVB radiation, the non-sticky formula drying invisibly to leave your skin safe and radiant.

Fragrance-free and paraben-free, this lightweight, easy-to-apply sunscreen is perfect for shielding sensitive skin from the sun, the water-resistant formula absorbs quickly, making it ideal for using on the entire family when at the beach or playing in the pool.

Altruist Family Sunspray SPF50

Suitable from six months and up, this high factor Altruist Family Sunspray SPF50 keeps the whole family safe, with the fragrance-free, non-comedogenic formula shielding even the most sensitive of skins.

Packaged in a bottle with a new trigger spray, this water-resistant formula applies quickly and easily, staying put when you're splashing in the pool or lounging at the beach.  

Formulated with a 5-star UVA protection rating, this SPF50 sunscreen defends against UVA and UVB damage. The gentle and effective formula minimises reactions and flareups while you’re enjoying your holiday.

Altruist Dry Skin Repair Cream

Infused with urea and glycerin, this Altruist Dry Skin Repair Cream soothes eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis-prone skin, encouraging skin cell regeneration to repair your skin barrier function without irritation.

Repairing, smoothing, and nourishing your skin, this hydrating moisturiser is fragrance and paraben-free, making it suitable for sensitive and reactive skin.

Altruist Cleansing Foam 2% Salicylic Acid

Gently removing dead skin cells, sebum, dirt, and toxins, from your skin, this effective 2% salicylic acid-infused Altruist Cleansing Foam soothes and nourishes acne-prone skin.

Created by dermatologists, this fragrance and paraben-free formula rejuvenates and refreshes blemish-prone skin, cleansing away impurities to leave your skin rejuvenated, fresh, and clean.

Shop Altruist

Altruist Face Fluid Sunscreen SPF50 50mlAltruist Face Fluid Sunscreen SPF50 50ml
Altruist Face Fluid Sunscreen SPF50 50ml

£9.56 £11.95 20% offsaving
Altruist Invisible Sunspray SPF50 200mlAltruist Invisible Sunspray SPF50 200ml
Altruist Invisible Sunspray SPF50 200ml

£6.00 £7.50 20% offsaving
Altruist Family Sunspray SPF50 250mlAltruist Family Sunspray SPF50 250ml
Altruist Family Sunspray SPF50 250ml

£10.80 £13.50 20% offsaving

Loved learning all about Altruist and their skin-friendly, dermatologist-created affordable spf range? Stay a little bit longer and learn all about our VAT Burn Campaign With Amy Callaghan MP: The Fight For Sunscreen Accessibility, where Amy and Face The Future advocate for removing VAT from sunscreen.

Recommended Articles