Sun protection for every skin type!

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We all know how important proper sun care is to prevent the damaging effects of UV rays. But what are the right products to use? And how? We’ve shed some healthy light on the subject.

Fighting UV rays: a year-round priority!

When you think of UV rays, you probably think of summer… But, even though they do get stronger from May on, UV rays never take a vacation! When it’s cloudy, the rays pass right through the clouds. In winter, they get reflected off the snow and onto us. Inside your home? Guess what? Windows can’t stop them, either!

The moral of the story: you should always apply sunscreen every day, all year round. And since the effects wear off after about two hours, you should also have a travel-size tube with you to reapply sunscreen throughout the day.

There are two types of UV rays and good sunscreens protect you from both!

  • UVA rays make up 95% of the rays that reach us and they’re the main cause of premature aging of the skin. By generating free radicals that oxidize skin cells, UVA rays promote the appearance of wrinkles and cause skin to sag.
  • UVB rays, on the other hand, lead to tanning, but also to burning, in some cases, severe burns.

How to choose the right sunscreen.

There are two main factors to consider:

  • The Solar Protection Factor (or SPF). If you have pale skin that tends to burn more easily, you’re going to want a higher SPF. If  your complexion is darker, you could choose a lower SPF. But either way, you should never go lower than SPF 30.
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Did you know that the SPF measures the duration of the sunscreen and not its strength? The SPF indicates the time it would take unprotected skin to burn in the sun compared to the time it would take with sunscreen. For example, an SPF of 50 means that, theoretically, you could stay 50 times as long in the sun before burning as you could without protection. But who would want to stay in the sun that long without extra protection?!

  • The formula. You have two choices: chemical sunscreens, which absorb the sun’s rays like sponges; or mineral sunscreens, which form a protective shield over your skin. In terms of effectiveness, they’re both equal. What’s important is that you choose the one that best suits your skin type and your lifestyle.
    • For sensitive, fragile or intolerant skin (atopic, tattooed, highly allergic, recently healed, etc.), mineral sunscreens are the preferred choice. In addition to being primarily made of natural ingredients, they provide your skin with a consistent layer of protection. And that reduces interaction with other products, which in turn avoids the risk of unpleasant reactions.
    • For your face, you’ll want to choose a non-comedogenic sunscreen that won’t leave an oily film on the surface of your skin (something to avoid if you have oily or acne-prone skin) or compromise the holding power of your makeup. One good choice is a tinted formula that you apply after your day cream. You can even blend it in with your foundation if you want. It offers instant illumination and protection at the same time!
    • For people who spend a lot of time in the sun (like children who play outside every day), choose a long-lasting sunscreen that offers maximum protection. Make sure you cover all bare skin at least 20 minutes before going out into the sun, and reapply the sunscreen every two hours—or more often if you bathe or sweat a lot.
Tinted Mineral Fluid SPF 50+, 40 ml
Avène

Tinted Mineral Fluid SPF 50+, 40 ml

Natural tint, matt-finish sun care fluid formulated using only mineral based filters, to provide optimum protection for even the most sensitive skin.

Anthelios Dermo-Kids Lotion SPF 50, 150 ml
La Roche-Posay

Anthelios Dermo-Kids Lotion SPF 50, 150 ml

Special children formula. Specifically developed for children, this non-greasy formula glides easily over skin, leaving a translucent white film to allow even coverage before melting into the skin.

Photoderm Compact Mineral SPF 50+, 10g g
Bioderma

Photoderm Compact Mineral SPF 50+, 10g g

A 100% mineral compact with maximum photoprotection, perfect for a nomadic lifestyle

Idéal Soleil Dry Touch Sunscreen Lotion, 50 ml, SPF 60
Vichy

Idéal Soleil Dry Touch Sunscreen Lotion, 50 ml, SPF 60

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.

Thermal Spring Water Spray, 300 ml
Avène

Thermal Spring Water Spray, 300 ml
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Sun protection for every skin type!

We all know how important proper sun care is to prevent the damaging effects of UV rays. But what are the right products to use? And how? We’ve shed some healthy light on the subject.
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