Sunscreens: make an enlightened choice

SPF index, protection against UV rays, ingredients, water resistance... the world of sunscreens is vast! Follow this little guide to enjoy the summer safely!

DETERMINE YOUR SKIN PHOTOTYPE

Each person has their own skin phototype, ranging from 1 to 6. The phototype depends on hair colour, skin shade, frequency of sunburns and type of tan. The lower it is, the easier the skin can burn.

Dou have a high phototype and a golden tan all year round? You're lucky ... but not invincible! No one is safe from the harmful effects of UV rays.

STAY PROTECTED

Is it grey or cold out? Or is the heat finally here after the long winter? Regardless, UV rays are always present. Whatever the temperature or the season, you need take precautions! Even if your phototype protects you from sunburns caused by UVB, you’re still vulnerable to premature aging of your skin, courtesy of UVA rays (hello wrinkles, fine lines and pigment spots!) and the risk of skin cancer.

Did you know? Windows don’t block UV rays. So, it’s essential to wear sunscreen even if you’re spending the day at home or going for a drive in the car.

READ PRODUCT LABELS CAREFULLY

When it comes to choosing your sunscreen, opt for a broad-spectrum product that blocks both UVA and UVB rays. FYI, SPF 30 sunscreen usually blocks 96.7% of ultraviolet rays, while SPF 60 sunscreen blocks 98.3%. You also want to look at the back of the packaging to ensure that the screen is photostable, that is, that it remains effective despite exposure to UV rays. If in doubt, feel free to ask your cosmetician for help.

READ PRODUCT LABELS CAREFULLY

SPFs

Many myths surround the sun protection factor (SPF). Does a higher index provide better protection? Sadly, no. In fact, a sunscreen with a 50 SPF blocks only 5% more UVB radiation than one with a 15 SPF. The SPF represents the relationship between the time needed for UV radiation to produce a sunburn on protected skin and the time it would take to burn skin without any protection. A  50 SPF indicates that you can, in theory, expose yourself to the sun 50 times longer without any risk of damage. Take note that this factor doesn’t protect you three times more  than a 15 SPF but three times longer.

Which SPF should you choose? For optimal protection, it’s generally advisable to use an SPF of at least 30. If your skin is sensitive, choose an SPF between 40 and 50.

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.

Anthelios Dry Touch Gel-Cream SPF 60, 50 ml
La Roche-Posay

Anthelios Dry Touch Gel-Cream SPF 60, 50 ml

Weightless anti-shine gel-cream for face. Ultra-lightweight, very high protection gel-cream instantly mattifies skin and won’t clog pores. Minimizes shine for a fresh, clean-skin feel.

IN SEARCH OF THE PERFECT SUN LOTION?

There are more and more fast-absorbing, dry-touch formulas that don't clog pores – THE solution for combination or oily skin! Multipurpose creams are here to stay, hurray! In addition to blocking the sun, these products are bursting with beneficial ingredients and can exert a moisturizing or anti-aging action and protect sensitive skin. And the bonus is, they’re often water-resistant. Be careful, though. If you’re going to run for miles or swim all afternoon, be sure to reapply some  at least every hour.

Did you know?Some medications can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. Ask your pharmacist for information.

Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen SPF 110, 88 ml
Neutrogena

Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen SPF 110, 88 ml

Shield your skin from damaging sunrays with Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Lotion SPF 110.

100% Mineral Sunscreen Lotion, 120 ml, SPF 50+
Ombrelle

100% Mineral Sunscreen Lotion, 120 ml, SPF 50+

High protection for sensitive skin made with 100% natural sunfilters.

USE DERMO-COSMETIC CARE PRODUCTS

The delicate skin of your face is the part of your body most exposed to UV rays, hence the importance of giving it special attention, both summer and winter. For dual benefits, choose Dermo-Cosmetic solar products: developed by dermatologists, these products offer formulas specifically designed for the face. They often have a very high protection factor, forming an effective barrier against the sun and other aggressors. Some contain anti-pollution ingredients or antioxidants and their ultralight texture mattifies the skin by absorbing sweat and oil. No more sticky feel or shiny skin! There are even delicately tinted treatments that subtly blend into your skin to smooth and illuminate it. Make them part of your morning beauty routine, all year round.

Chemical or mineral filter? Rays are absorbed by chemical filters (instead of being absorbed by your skin) while mineral and physical filters act as barriers that deflect or block the sun’s rays.

Anthelios Dry Touch Gel-Cream SPF 60, 50 ml
La Roche-Posay

Anthelios Dry Touch Gel-Cream SPF 60, 50 ml

Weightless anti-shine gel-cream for face. Ultra-lightweight, very high protection gel-cream instantly mattifies skin and won’t clog pores. Minimizes shine for a fresh, clean-skin feel.

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.

RELY ON AFTER-SUN CARE

Since no sunscreen blocks 100% of UV rays, it’s important to give your skin a regenerating treatment after each exposure. After-sun care products are veritable elixirs of targeted active ingredients selected for their restorative virtues. They nourish your skin, relieve the sensation of tightness caused by dehydration and envelop your body with a refreshing veil. By preventing your skin from drying out and flaking, after-sun care products prolong your tan—and your healthy complexion! Some even contain iridescent particles that give your skin a radiant glow.

Posthelios Hydra Gel After-Sun, 200 ml
La Roche-Posay

Posthelios Hydra Gel After-Sun, 200 ml

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.

After Sun Melt-In Gel with Calendula, 150 g, Mint & Cucumber
Attitude

After Sun Melt-In Gel with Calendula, 150 g, Mint & Cucumber

Did you know calendula is more commonly known as “marigold flower”? You can even grow it in your garden! This flower packs power too: known for its calming, regenerative and antioxidant properties, it has been used in skin care for centuries, especially to reduce skin irritation, swelling and sensitivity. That’s why Attitude puts it in their mint & cucumber after sun melt-in gel with calendula. This after sun gel, recognized as top after-sun by EWG, goes on smooth and helps to soothe irritated skin, relieving tightness and leaving it silky soft and hydrated after fun in the sun. Attitude only uses worry-free, 100% natural, hypoallergenic ingredients so that you can focus on what’s important: enjoying the outdoors! Non-greasy texture with light, fresh mint and cucumber scent.

After-Sun Repair Creamy Gel, 200 ml
Avène

After-Sun Repair Creamy Gel, 200 ml

YOUR PROFILE, YOUR SUNSCREEN

THE VACATIONER

Head to the beach with peace of mind without overloading your bag: get your hands on a high SPF sunscreen suitable for both your face and body. Some practical advice: avoid sunburns by applying your sunscreen often. Reapply the cream, lotion or spray after prolonged time in the water and stay out of the sun when it's at its peak!

LA VACANCIÈRE
Anthelios Mist SPF 50, 155 g
La Roche-Posay

Anthelios Mist SPF 50, 155 g

Ultra-light texture, invisible finish, dry touch. Non-greasy ultra-light fresh mist that penetrates quickly, leaving skin dry and clean. Continuous spray for even application. Perfectly adapted for outdoor activities.

THE ECO-FRIENDLY

Do you prefer natural formulas? Go for a 100% mineral UV filter with a zinc oxide and titanium dioxide base. This sunscreen is as gentle on your skin as it is on the environment! Plus, it starts working the moment you put it on, contrary to chemical solar filters, which take 30 minutes to become effective.

100% Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30, 150 g, Orange Blossom
Attitude

100% Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30, 150 g, Orange Blossom

Did you know that zinc is a naturally occurring mineral that has been used for centuries in skin treatment? Our bodies need it and use it everyday to function, which makes it the safest choice when it comes to physical sunscreen filters. Attitude's orange blossom 100% mineral sunscreen SPF 30 crafted with with zinc oxide forms a physical barrier over the skin, protecting against UVA and UVB rays. This mineral sunscreen contains only worry-free and natural ingredients, so you can get the safest sun care. Not only the SPF 30 sunblock is smooth, transparent and easy to apply, but it is EWG Verified and rated amongst the best sunscreen moisturizers. It’s time to enjoy the outdoors fully – and safely! Non-greasy, clear and easy to apply.

THE BEAUTISTA

Can't stand leaving the house without a few touch-ups? Look for a compact mineral powder that unifies your skin tone and offers superior solar protection. Choose one that's perspiration resistant and make it your summer beauty ally!

Photoderm Very High Protection Mineral Compact SPF 50+, 10 g
Bioderma

Photoderm Very High Protection Mineral Compact SPF 50+, 10 g

With its combination of 100% mineral-based filters, Photoderm compact SPF 50+ helps prevent sunburn and offers a protection against UVA and UVB rays. Product recommended for sensitive skin intolerant to chemical filters. Excellent tolerance - Fragrance-free - Paraben-free - Non comedogenic.

THE URBANITE

Not exactly the outdoorsy type? We get it. But that doesn't mean you can go without sunscreen! Just walking to work can expose you to the risks of UV rays and the free radicals in city pollution that accelerate the aging of your skin. A multi-purpose day cream protects you against the sun's rays AND pollution!

Hydra Uv Protect Anti-Pollution Moisturizing Cream, 50 ml
IDC

Hydra Uv Protect Anti-Pollution Moisturizing Cream, 50 ml
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Sunscreens: make an enlightened choice

SPF index, protection against UV rays, ingredients, water resistance... the world of sunscreens is vast! Follow this little guide to enjoy the summer safely!
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