Everything you need to know about sunscreen

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You have booked your holiday, packed your swimsuit, flip flops and diving mask but did you remember to pack your face and body sunscreen? A few simple steps will help you to protect your skin. Explanations.

Sunscreen and the sun

Essential to our psychological balance, the sun and its light have a beneficial effect on our moods and wellness. For example? Sun helps us regulate our sleep cycles. Our body needs the sun to synthesize vitamin D. Essential to everyone's bones, this vitamin is particularly important to the growth of children. A few minutes of exposure everyday are enough for our body to produce it and then absorb calcium and phosphorus. But, in the short run, sun is responsible for skin and eye sunburns, allergies and sunstroke. And in the long run, excessive sun exposure speeds up skin ageing and promotes the development of eye lesions and skin cancers.

This is why it is essential to protect your skin with clothes, hats and sunscreens in order to fully enjoy the benefits of the sun and to have fun without taking risks.

What is sun protection for?

Sunscreen: The different types of UV

There are 2 types of UV rays: UVB rays cause sunburn, and UVA rays are responsible for premature skin ageing. This is why it is necessary to block them, primarily with sunscreen.

Sunscreen: Pay attention to the risks

Some 80,000 new cases of skin cancers are diagnosed every year in France, and exposure to ultraviolet rays is the main cause of them. The most frequent ones are carcinomas. They usually appear after the age of 50 and are easily treated. Melanomas are the most dangerous ones.

Using sunscreen is therefore indispensable whatever your skin type to protect the epidermis from harmful ultraviolet rays. To get a safe tan, do not forget to apply your sun cream and stay out in the sun for a sensible length of time. Here are a few simple tips on how to choose your sun cream and use it properly!

How to choose your sun cream

Some people are more sensitive to UV rays than others. Everyone's skin is different. According to its colour (phototype), it is more or less sensitive to the sun. Whatever your skin type, the appropriate protection depends on the intensity of the UV rays, the exposure time and what you are doing.

Note that children are particularly sensitive to the sun, whatever their skin colour, and require specific attention until the age of 15. As far as babies are concerned, they should never be exposed to direct sunlight.

Two rules that apply to everyone

Sun exposure is strongly discouraged between noon and 4pm.

Clothes, hats, sunglasses and sunscreen make up the "ideal kit" for safe fun in the sun.

What kind of skin do you have?

Which sunscreen for highly sensitive skins or children?

Your skin is very fair, often with freckles. You get sunburnt very easily and never tan, or have difficulty tanning. Which cream to use? An SPF 50+ very high protection sun cream.

Which sunscreen for sensitive skins?

Your skin is fair and sometimes with freckles. You easily get sunburnt and have difficulty tanning. Which cream to use? An SPF 50+ very high protection sun cream.

Which sunscreen for intermediate skins?

You are olive skinned. You rarely get sunburnt and tan easily. Which cream to use? An SPF 30+ sun cream.

Which sunscreen for dark skins?

Your skin is dark to very dark, you never get sunburnt and get a tan quickly. Which cream to use? An SPF 20+ sun cream.

How to use your sunscreen

Tips on applying your cream

We tend to not apply enough sunscreen. The trick? Imagine a golf ball! Keep this in mind each time you apply sunscreen, and offer your body efficient protection against the sun's rays.

The 5 rules of sun protection

  1.  Generously apply your sunscreen
  2. Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours as it gradually gets rubbed off (towels, sand, clothes, etc.).
  3. Even if it is a waterproof sunscreen, you may want to reapply after swimming.
  4. Don't forget hidden and sensitive areas: hands, feet, neck, etc.
  5. For more complete protection, wear a hat and sunglasses.

Aptonia sunscreens

All Aptonia products are tested under dermatological control and are water-resistant, moisturising and paraben-free: a first in the world of sun protection.

Aptonia sun protection range offers a wide variety of protection indexes from SPF 20 to SPF 50+ to suit all skin types and exposures. Easy to carry thanks to their small containers (50ml). Compact, spray or cream, the Aptonia range accompanies sports enthusiasts to the beach, over the mountains or in their everyday summer activities. All Aptonia sun protection products offer full UVA and UVB protection.

 

All that's left is for us to wish you all happy and sunny holidays.

Marie Fauchille
Dietician | Nutritionist
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When the sun is shining, you feel like getting outdoors and doing some sport!But have you given some thought to protecting your face and body from the sun? To take proper care of you skin, read our guide on how to choose your sun cream and enjoy the sun in safety.

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