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UV rays’ harmful effects on your skin and the importance of choosing an appropriate sunscreen are well known. But with all the different products available on the market, how do you pick one? Here are a few basic guidelines to follow in order to select the right sunscreen for you and maximize its benefits.
SPF, or sun protection factor, allows you to know how much time you can spend in the sun before your protected skin will burn.
Consult the table below to find out which SPF is recommended for your skin type and degree of exposure.
Very sensitive to the sun
Sensitive to the sun
* SPF15 is found mostly in daycare creams and foundations. It is not recommended for long periods outdoors, even if your skin is dark.
Need help determining your skin type? Visit your Jean Coutu cosmetics counter and ask for your cosmetician’s advice.
There is a variety of sunscreens on the market. They are divided into two categories: chemical sunscreens, which act as absorbent sponges, and mineral sunscreens, which form a protective shield against UV rays. Take a look here to discover their properties! It will then be easier to select a sunscreen according to your needs.
Whichever type of sunscreen you choose, look for wide-spectrum protection to shield your skin from UVA and UVB rays. Also favour photostable products as they remain effective even when exposed to intense heat.
If applied improperly, even the sunscreen with the highest SPF will not be able to protect you from the sun. Carefully read the instructions on the label to ensure you are properly protected, and follow these simple rules:
Finally, don’t forget to check the expiration date! Once it has expired, sunscreen loses its power to protect you.
No matter how many precautions you take, sometimes you can’t avoid sunburn. If you end up with one, apply an after-sun product to ease your reddened skin. This will soothe irritation and restore its suppleness. And to prevent your skin being exposed to sunlight while it’s recovering, wear a large-brimmed hat when sunbathing or an anti-UV t-shirt when taking a dip.
A dry touch texture for face. Non-greasy, non-shiny, non-sticky for a light feeling. It is particularly suitable for normal to combination or oily sensitive skins. Ideal for daily use. No fragrance.
Developed for sun-sensitive or very exposed parts of the face (nose, lips and ears), this sun stick is perfect when playing water sports, skiing and or when in intense sunlight.
Cooling after-sun protection. Cooling after-sun gel that instantly soothes sun-exposed and dry skin, continues to protect your skin after sun exposure and offers 48 hours of hydration.
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