Helpful tips for effective sun protection.
What's the most effective way to apply sunscreen? Apply it generously and evenly, and don’t worry about rubbing it in until it disappears – that way you will leave a thin protective layer on your skin’s surface. Apply sunscreen regularly, every two hours and systematically after swimming.
The difference between UVA & UVB rays.
UVB rays (think about 'B' as in Burning) are primarily responsible for sunburns and play a key role in the development of skin cancer. UVA rays (think about 'A' as in Aging) penetrate the dermal layers of the skin, causing premature aging and initiating certain types of skin cancer.
How to treat and soothe a sunburn?
Sunburns are caused by excessive sun exposure. The lighter the skin tone, the more sensitive it is to sunlight. When you have a sunburn, if your skin is slightly red and warm, apply a hydrating cream or gel to cool the epidermis. Your skin will do the rest to heal itself providing you avoid any further sun exposure.
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What is “sun capital”?
Contrary to popular belief, we don’t have unlimited reserves of “sun capital” – it’s quite the opposite, in fact. Over our lifetime, our skin continues to accumulate bad radiation until it reaches a point where it can’t absorb these rays anymore and their effects become visible, firstly in the form of brown spots, premature wrinkles or fine lines. When these external signs appear, it tells us that there is real damage deep down.
Do we all react to UV rays in the same way?
Unfortunately not. We are born with different phototypes, which have different levels of tolerance to sun exposure. Those with dark, mixed-race or olive skin have a higher proportion of dark melanin, which gives them greater protection from UV rays but does not mean that they do not need to use sun protection.
Does sunburn always mean that the skin has been damaged?
Yes. Sunburn is the result of an overdose of sun on the skin. The immediate effect is that the skin heats up and starts peeling, but the impact deep down is much more serious. The cells are no longer able to repair themselves properly, leading to irreversible damage.
Can some foods help me get a tan?
Absolutely. Some nutritional supplements help prepare your skin before and during sun exposure. Benjamin Bauquin advises “simply consuming antioxidant carotenoids, known to stimulate melanin production and therefore tanning, every day for two weeks before going out in the sun.
How do I choose a sunscreen for my skin type?
DID YOU KNOW?
We all have a different ''skin's sun exposure capacity'' (capital soleil) that we progressively exhaust with repeated exposure.
Although our skin can repair some of the damage caused by UVA and UVB rays, it cannot do so indefinitely. Which is why it’s important to help maintain this ''skin's sun exposure capacity'' with suncare products adapted to your skin type. The paler your skin is, the higher the SPF of your sunscreen must be. Make sure you reapply the sunscreen often, so choose a texture that is pleasant and you are comfortable with.
WHAT TO DO:
In order to protect your skin adequately, choose a sunscreen with a high SPF and make sure you reapply it several times during the day, at least every two hours.
Since you must apply your sunscreen often, choose a product with a texture that you like. If your skin is oily, choose a product that has a fluid and mattifying texture. If it’s dry, choose a rich cream or milk.
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