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Golden rules > [9] results

10 golden rules when treating baby's nappy rash

To protect baby's skin, certain steps are essential

5 golden rules to optimal beauty treatment

Even if beauty procedures seem to be commonplace these days, some precautions must still be an integral part of the process.

10 habits to help you take care of your skin on an everyday basis.

Some habits are essential in order to care for your skin and have a radiant complexion all year long.

10 pieces of advice on how to take care of your body skin

Beautiful, healthy skin requires daily care, which will leave it softer, suppler and radiantly beautiful!

4 good habits to take
proper care of your
skin in the sun

To avoid endangering your skin when in the sun, there are a few rules that must be followed.

Focus on... > [51] results

Dehydrated skin: when your face loses its radiance.

The epidermis is made up of a large proportion of water. When this water is lacking, the skin becomes vulnerable. This level of hydration must therefore be restored.

Sensitive skin: a complex reality

Sensitive skin suffers from redness, prickling and irritation. It is characterised by hyper-reactivity.

Beauty solutions for sensitive skin: myth or reality?

Make-up and sensitive skin do not always go hand in hand. A minor error in the choice of product, and the skin instantly retaliates: redness, irritation, allergic reactions, etc.

The same dilemma every evening?
1, 2, 3 - cleansed skin!

Do you hesitate in cleaning your skin every evening for fear of causing irritation?

A comprehensive solution
to relieve dry skins

Dry skin can be seen, but above all it is also a form of discomfort that can manifest as a painful sensation.

Atopic dermatitis
when irritation becomes chronic

Atopic dermatitis, which is also called atopic eczema, is a skin condition that is more and more frequent. During outbreaks, the skin becomes itchy, and then starts to ooze before blisters form.

Make-up’s future lies in skincare

Below are some selection criteria to help you find the products that realize skincare is essential if make-up is to always be synonymous with fun.

NUTRITIC Intense Riche: The first signature jar by La Roche-Posay

Beyond that of managing your dermocosmetic arrangements, La Roche-Posay has come to understand the undeniable importance of managing your personal life.

Wrinkles
caused by skin ageing

A major concern for women, wrinkles are one of the signs of ageing. Understanding the processes involved in their appearance helps to target the most suitable treatments.

Specific anti-aging
problems of sensitive skin

Do you have sensitive skin? If so, you will no doubt agree that it’s not always easy finding anti-aging skincare that meets all your needs.

Sensitive skin: learning to avoid redness

Stress, physical activity, hormonal changes and sun exposure: there are many factors which may cause redness among women with sensitive skin.

Acne and its different forms

Acne manifests itself in blackheads and spots. It can take several forms.

Redness: colour changes in sensitive skin

Redness is ranked well ahead of blackheads and dark circles as a major concern among women. However, it is not merely an imperfection that needs to be concealed. It is also the symptom of skin sensitivity.

Intolerant skin a complex reality

Intolerant skin suffers from redness, prickling and irritation. To improve its everyday comfort, opt for hypoallergenic formulas.

Skin allergies: a growing problem, but one that can be soothed

A true epidemic, allergies have continued to increase develop in all countries over ...

Flushing, erythrosis, blotchiness and rosacea

Thin skin is particularly vulnerable to redness. To prevent this problem from taking hold over time, it should be diagnosed as early as possible.

Spots, dull complexion:
four tips for even,
luminous skin

More than 200 million women1 are affected by pigmentation problems. Regardless of their age or where they live in the world, these pigmentation flaws can often have an impact on their well-being.

Sebaceous scaly patches

Sebaceous scaly patches are a form of chronic dermatitis. While their origin is still poorly understood, suitable treatments do exist.

Chronically irritated skin

Chapping, dry patches, flakiness and tightness: when the skin is fragile, skin irritations become a recurrant problem.

Pigmentation problems

UV rays and skin ageing are the main factors at the origin of pigmentation problems. How do they manifest themselves and how can they be effectively treated?

Anti-aging care
for sensitive skin:
Directions for use

Often intolerant of conventional anti-wrinkle skincare products, sensitive skin is less well prepared for resisting the passage of time. In addition to wrinkles and loss of firmness, it is subject to persistent redness that makes it less uniform. Today, specific treatments have been developed to meet all the anti-aging needs of sensitive skin.

Mature skin: Say no to general loss of volume

You want denser, plump skin that feels full to the touch?

What if
the weather
was no longer
your skin's
worst enemy?

You want to feel good about yourself... despite the passage of time?

The eye contour:
handle with care!

Do you want to attenuate crow's feet? Erase signs of tiredness? Smooth your eye contour?

The eye contour
One of women's leading
concerns in the
anti-aging combat.

When women speak about being concerned by the first signs of aging, the eye contour is mentioned first.

Choosing the right moisturizer

You always moisturize the skin on your face?

The cause of dry and sensitive skin: an impaired barrier function

When the skin is dry, it is more sensitive to external aggressors. As a result, it is irritated, feels tight, and becomes really uncomfortable.

Rough skin

Dry and rough skin is caused by a lack of moisture and abnormal desquamation

Psoriasis: various types and treatments

Psoriasis, a chronic skin disease, may be treated using creams, phototherapy and spa therapy.

Summer light eruption :
an extremely common
sun allergy

Summer light eruption is the most common of sun allergies. Triggered by UV rays ....

Pregnant women, sun and pregnancy mask

The skin of pregnant women is very sensitive and at risk for pregnancy mask. Therefore a few precautions must be taken.

Atopic dermatitis,
an allergic skin condition
that affects extremely dry skin.

Atopic eczema or atopic dermatitis is a common skin disorder, which often appears at around the age of three months, but can also develop at an earlier age. To reduce the number of outbreaks, avoid contact with allergens and regularly apply emollient creams.

Ingrown hairs: a common condition

Ingrown hairs, also known as folliculitis barbae, are a frequent reason for men to consult dermatologists.

Weakened skin, repeated aggression: targeted actions for helping it to repair itself

Daily exposure to external aggressors and irritants weakens the skin on the hands and lips, and this has repercussions.

Beware of the hands and lips: high-risk areas!

Manual professions, housework, environmental aggression...

Dry body skin

In order to restructure the cutaneous barrier in dry skin, it is essential to effectively replenish moisture.

Corrective make-up

Redness, irregularities and imperfections are all flaws that women would like to play down. Corrective make-up gives them a solution.

Make-up
for sensitive skin

Some foundations can cause reactions; in particular you have to avoid the ones that contain allergy-inducing or potentially irritating ingredients. Choosing hypoallergenic and high tolerance foundations specially formulated for sensitive skin is paramount.

The eye and
its contour:
a very sensitive area

Very thin and subject to numerous stresses, the eye contour is one of the most sensitive areas of the face. To protect it, gentleness is crucial.

Damaged and dry lips

Thin and precious, lips must receive numerous forms of attention. Because this area is less protected than the rest of the face, they are regularly subject to dryness.

Peeling, ridges, mycosis... The various nail disorders

Frequent contact with water and detergents are forms of stress which weaken the nails. Here are some tips to keep them sturdy and healthy.

Making prevention a priority: the La Roche-Posay commitment

Since they present signs which are visible to the naked eye, skin cancers are relatively easy to detect.

What causes scalp sensitivity?

A sensitive scalp feels itchy and irritated. An overview of the causes behind scalp sensitivity and the good daily hair care routine to adopt for effectively treating this disorder.

Factors that cause men to lose their hair

man alopecia (or hair loss), which is often hereditary, may be slowed down, thanks to specific anti-hair loss treatments

Stress can trigger or exacerbate dandruff.

Dandruff is a sign of a bacterial inflammation of the scalp, which accelerates the cell renewal process. Thanks to well-adapted treatments and a healthy lifestyle, you can once again have a healthy scalp.

Children and the sun: protecting them is vital

Because it's thinner, children's skin is more vulnerable to damage from UV rays. By protecting them that you can reduce the risk of sunburn and heatstroke.

For sensitive or sun allergy-prone skin: turn summer into your favorite season!

For the first time, very high-protection ANTHELIOS XL UVA/UVB is available in the sunniest of textures…

The sun: its benefits and harmful effects

The sun provides true benefits, but you must make sparing use of them. In particular, the use of a sun protection product is indispensable.

Sun protection for all types of skin:
the "dry touch" revolution

ANTHELIOS XL Dry Touch Gel-Cream SPF 50+* has a texture which represents a radical innovation in dermocosmetic suncare. It is immediately absorbed into skin and leaves no shine or white marks. This surprising ultra-dry finish is a real advantage when skin perspires and tends to shine, and the matte effect encourages repeat applications.

3 questions to an expert > [44] results

I only recommend High and Very High protection

UV rays are responsible for skin ageing. Everybody needs sun protection. Protection can be obtained through clothing, a hat, anti-UV sunglasses and sun protection products on uncovered skin, as indicated by dermatologists.

Educating about the risk associated with certain highly photosensitising drugs

Interview with a dermatologist who discusses treatment of skin photosensitisation.

Herpes must be treated as soon as the first symptoms appear

Interview with a dermatologist who discusses treatment of sun-induced herpes.

Sometimes I prescribe synthetic antimalarial drugs

Interview with a dermatologist who discusses different solutions for preventing summer light eruption.

No sun for children under the age of three.

Interview with a dermatologist who shares his advice on sun prevention in children.

An anti-dandruff treatment must be adapted to the specific type of dandruff

Interview with a dermatologist, who speaks about treating dandruff.

Hair loss: products that have been proven effective.

Interview with a dermatologist, who speaks about the different hair loss treatments.

To treat an itchy scalp, you must first treat the cause.

Interview with a dermatologist, who speaks about treating itchy scalps.

Eye make-up: a minimal risk of irritation and allergies

Interview with a dermatologist who discusses the use of make-up on sensitive areas around the eyes.

Prevention is the best way to combat cheilitis

Interview with a dermatologist who discusses the causes of cheilitis and how to fight it.

To address the signs of ageing, even out the complexion and play up volume

Interview with a dermatologist who discusses effective techniques for applying age-defying make-up.

With sensitive skin, make-up must be corrective and easy to apply

Interview with a dermatologist who discusses the precautions to take when applying make-up to sensitive skin.

Pigmentation disorders: be careful when applying products

Interview with a dermatologist who discusses the use of make-up on pigmentation disorders.

Use a yellow concealer on very pronounced dark circles

Interview with a dermatologist who shares advice on using make-up on undereye circles.

Camouflaging a scar: you need a product rich in pigments

Interview with a dermatologist who shares advice on using corrective make-up to camouflage a scar.

I recommend medical make-up to my patients.

Interview with a dermatologist specialised in medical make-up to learn how to conceal red imperfections.

Some habits help prevent razor burn.

Interview with a dermatologist, who gives advice to shaving without irritating the skin.

"Don't underestimate the consequences of weakened skin"

Health care providers, catering staff, manual laborers, hairdressers, bakers... the list of professions in which the hands are repeatedly exposed to aggression is long.

Intense nourishing treatments, which are particularly essential in winter

Interview with a dermatologist who speaks about treating dry skin, particularly in winter.

Emollient creams help
decrease the frequency
of outbreaks.

Interview with a dermatologist who speaks about treating atopic dermatitis in children.

Psoriasis: a topical treatment may prove to be sufficient.

Interview with a dermatologist who speaks about treating psoriasis.

Sun exposure worsens pigmentation disorders

Interview with a dermatologist on sun protection for pigmentation disorders.

There are several ways to treat pigmentation spots

Interview with a dermatologist on dermatological treatment methods for pigmentation spots caused by repeated sun exposure.

"I am looking for efficacy and tolerance in the treatment of pigmentation defects"

Certain depigmentation solutions can weaken or irritate the skin, thus limiting their use, particularly for sensitive skin.

Prolonged treatment to stabilise outbreaks

Interview with a dermatologist, who gives his opinion on sebhorreic dermatitis treatment.

"I recommend repair creams for baby's skin"

Interview with a pediatrician who discusses treatment of nappy rash.

Assess the depth of a burn in order to treat it

Interview with a dermatologist on how to treat a heat burn and/or a first-degree burn.

I prescribe soothing or healing creams

Interview with a dermatologist about skin irritations and how to treat and prevent them.

When faced with sensitive skin, thermal spring water should be used.

Interview with a dermatologist talking about skin sensitivity and how it can be treated.

Laser treatment gives excellent results for rosacea.

Interview with a dermatologist on how to prevent and treat rosacea.

"Sensitive skin: discomfort that shows"

Sensitive skin is often synonymous with an uneven complexion. The reason is a strong tendency to redness.

Cleaning oily skin requires particular attention.

Interview with a dermatologist on day-to-day care for oily skin .

I always emphasize the need for regular monitoring of adolescent acne.

Interview with a dermatologist on how to treat acne when it occurs during adolescence.

An anti-aging solution
specifically tailored to
the needs of sensitive skin

Fine lines, wrinkles, loss of firmness... in addition to these traditional signs of aging, sensitive skin is also prone to redness, which marks the face. Today, one in two women say they have sensitive skin, it is therefore essential they are provided with solutions for their anti-aging concerns.

Skin daily moisturisation is essential.

Interview with a dermatologist about the possibilities to delay the appearance of the signs of skin ageing.

Dry skin: daily moisturisation should be increased

Interview with a dermatologist on how to treat facial dryness.

Testimonies > [27] results

My skin’s comfort has been restored!

After holidaying in the tropics, Jeanne’s skin was completely dehydrated. Thanks to a few simple steps, her skin’s suppleness has been restored.

“I take care of my sensitive skin. It deserves it!"

Julie has always had sensitive skin. To soothe her skin and reduce its sensitivity she decided to consult a dermatologist.

I’ve learned how to
take daily care
of my dry skin.

Tight feeling, roughness and discomfort: Carla has always had dry skin. Thanks to these daily steps she finally has velvety skin…

“I’ve still got
a radiant complexion
…Even in my 40s!"

Without going to extremes and prepared to do anything to stop the ravages of time, Sophie understands the importance of looking after the health and beauty of her skin.

“How we got rid of my daughter’s inflammatory acne”

Laura suffered from acne for several months. But with the support of her dermatologist she now has clear skin again.

“My routine for my skin which doesn’t tolerate anything”

Some time ago, Laura’s sensitive skin became particularly intolerant. But at last she has found the solution to take care of it.

Those unattractive red marks are now a thing of the past!

With the first signs of ageing and changes in temperature, Emilie’s face skin suffered from unsightly diffuse redness and visible vessels. A few daily steps were all it took to treat the condition.

"I’ve managed to attenuate the patches!"

A year ago, Pierre was suffering from severe sebaceous scaly patches. But by using a specialised treatment, he managed to address the problem.

“I’ve successfully treated my brown spots"

A few years ago, Florence developed brown spots on her face. She has now succeeded in treating them effectively.

“I use spa therapy to treat my psoriasis”

Isabelle, 38, regularly has spa treatments to help cure her psoriasis. In addition to the treatments she receives, she has learned to manage her stress.

I did not make the same mistakes during my second pregnancy

During her first pregnancy, Marie developed a pregnancy mask on her face... But not the second time. She explains why.

"After years of allergies, I can finally get back in the sun!"

Mathilde, 29, has suffered from chronic summer light eruption since she was 18. Since she began using dermatological sun creams that filter UVB and UVA rays, she can finally enjoy the sun with peace of mind.

“Comfortable skin makes daily life much more comfortable!”

When she was young, Alexandra had dry skin. She still does. Luckily, moisturising creams effectively restore comfort to her skin!

"For me, ingrown hairs are a thing of the past!"

Thomas always enjoyed shaving, until ingrown hair began to appear on his face…

"I use a restoring treatment all year round… And it works for me!!

For several years, Camille had recurring dry patches on her face. She has treated them successfully.

“Hugo’s eczema
finally went away

By meticulously following the dermatologist’s advice, Hugo had fewer and fewer eczema spells until it completely disappeared. His mother tells the story.

"Corrective make-up helped me feel better in my own skin"

Discover how Céline succeeded in getting over her complex thanks to corrective make-up.

my skin stays supple and is smoother

Discover the make-up secrets that Céline, a luxury boutique manager, uses to get a luminous complexion.

« Make-up for sensitive skin is a success! »

After a while, Anna's eyes could hardly tolerate anything…until she discovered a different kind of make-up.

"I have definitively adopted a special nail polish!"

Learn how Nadia, age 27, began using nail polish for fragile nails, and reconnected with colour.

For make-up, I no longer hold back

When lips are dry, they no longer tolerate much... But Capucine makes no beauty compromises.

“The itchiness finally stopped!”

Christine’s scalp started to feel itchy after her summer holidays. Today, the irritation and itchiness have finally stopped, thanks to treatments for a sensitive scalp.

I tested a hair loss solution... and it worked!

Pierre was losing a lot of hair. So he began using an anti-hair loss treatment, which finally worked.

“I have finally succeeded in getting rid of my dandruff”

After years of mistreating her hair, Séverine developed a severe case of dandruff. She has finally succeeded in getting rid of it.

"I don't skimp any more
on protection!"

Laure was particularly prone to sunburn. To learn to better protect her skin, she consulted a dermatologist. Since then, she has been able to enjoy the benefits of the sun in complete safety.

My children play in the sun and I don't worry

Both of Marie-Christine's children have been going to the beach since they were very little. Thanks to their mother's responsible behaviour, they can play worry-free!

Enlightened by science > [9] results

UVB and UVA rays: how do they differ and what is their impact on the skin?

UV rays only account for 5% of the sun rays that reach the earth, but they are very powerful.

Hair loss chain reaction

A scientific discovery has been made that highlights a phenomenon, which causes a hair loss chain reaction: micro-irritation.

The hair’s life cycle

Each day, we lose 50 to 80 strands of hair. New strands of hair, which have an average life cycle of 2 to 7 years, replace those that we lose daily.

Hair and scalp physiology

With a surface area of approximately 600 cm2, the scalp is a protective, physical barrier from which the hair grows.

Men’s skin: biologically different from women's skin

Men's skin is thicker and oilier than that of women, with more blood vessels and denser hair growth. Consequently, it has its own specific problems.

The different types of skin alterations

Dermatological procedures and outside attacks can lead to the appearance of minor or severe skin lesions.

The formation of acne lesions

Acne manifests itself through the formation of retentional lesions called comedones, and inflammatory lesions, in other words, spots.

Cellular oxidation, a major process of skin ageing

A major process of skin ageing, oxidative stress damages both the skin’s epidermal and dermal cells and contributes to their degeneration.

La réactivité cutanée : 3 origines pour le dénominateur commun des peaux sensibles

Il existe différents profils de peaux sensibles. Les peaux intolérantes, à rougeurs, sèches ou déshydratées peuvent en effet être sensibles.

Key Figure > [33] results

84%84% of women with dry skin* experience pain.

83%Improvement in dry skin*.

89%89% of women believe that NUTRITIC Intense gives their skin day-long comfort.

Key Figure - 62% Is the percentage of women ...

62% Is the percentage of women who say they have skin that is reactive, sensitive, irritable and intolerant to all cosmetic products and even water.


Source: Willis CM, Shaw S, de La Charrière O, et al Sensitive skin: an epidemiological study Br J Dermatol  2001;145:258-63.

Key Figure - 20% Is the percentage of children ...

20 % Is the percentage of children who suffer from atopic eczema. A skin problem that not only upsets the child but their families and friends as well.


Source : 2002 CHU Claude Huriez France

Key Figure - 20% Is the percentage of women ...

20% Is the percentage of women who say they have dry skin on their face.


Source : Health and Beauty 2007

Key Figure - 20% Out of the total amount of water ...

20% Out of the total amount of water present in the human body, this is the percentage contained in the skin.

Key Figure - 70% Is the proportion of women ...

70% Is the proportion of women who say they have sensitive skin. Tightness, discomfort and redness are signs of sensitive skin on the face.


(Source : IPSOS Health & Beauty, figures in France taken from pharmacies in 2005)

5 in 1The first BB cream formulated specifically to meet the needs of sensitive skin, Hydreane BB combines 5 actions in a single product.

4 weeksAfter just 4 weeks of regular use*, Hydreane BB significantly reduces skin sensitivity.

Key Figure - 2/3 L'exposition aux rayons UV ...

2/3 This represents how much of skin ageing can be attributed to UV ray exposure.


Source : Barbara Gilchrest (M.D. School of Medicine, Boston University).

5%The concentration of pure vitamin C contained in the new Redermic [C].

1 in 2This is the number of women in the world who claim to have sensitive skin*.

Key Figure - 76% Is the proportion of teenagers ...

76% Is the proportion of teenagers who are affected by skin problems. They represent 70% of dermatologists’ acne patients.


Source : Quantitative La Roche-Posay survey among 118 dermatologists.

Key Figure - 65% Is the percentage of women ...

65% Is the percentage of women over the age of 25 who say they suffer from redness on their face.


Source : Redness monitoring unit: study conducted in 2005 by the La Roche-Posay laboratory in 7 European countries and Canada on 2,500 people.

Key Figure - 23% Is the percentage of men ...

23% Is the percentage of men and women who suffer from chapped lips or hands. And almost 1 in 10 people are affected by dry patches on their skin.


Source : IPSOS Europe 2003

Key Figure - 76% According to a study conducted ...

76% According to a study conducted on patients suffering from sebaceous scaly patches, stress and tiredness were the cause in 76% of cases.


Source : Study by the Grupo Español del Estudio SEBDERM, 2007

key Figure - 62% Is the proportion of women ...

62% Is the proportion of women who say they are concerned or very concerned by their pigmentation spots. However, there are solutions available for treating them effectively.


Source : IPSOS U&A Study 2007 - Europe 5.

Key Figure- 100% Men's skin ...

100% Men's skin is oilier than that of women. Its hydrolipidic film is richer, with 100% more lipids on the surface.

Key Figure - 58% This is the percentage of atopic children ...

58% This is the percentage of atopic children who have problems sleeping.


Source : Clinical trial conducted on 209 children, ages 2 to 16, with light to moderate atopic dermatitis.

4%is the niacinamide concentration of the LIPIKAR Gel-Fluide formula.

10%is the hydra-replenishing complex concentration of LIPIKAR Gel-Fluide.

Key Figure - 50 to 75% This is the percentage of pregnant women ...

50 to 75% This is the percentage of pregnant women affected by chloasma, or pregnancy mask.

source : Roger D., Boudrie JL., Vaillant L. and Lorette G. Peau et grossesse ("Skin and Pregnancy"). Encycl Méd Chir (Editions Scientifiques et Médicales Elsevier ), Gynécologie/Obstétrique, 5-038-A-, 2000.

Key Figure - 3 to 5% This is the percentage ...

3 to 5% This is the percentage of the European population affected by psoriasis.


Source: 2002 CHU Claude Huriez France

The statistic - 50% : That is the percentage of women ...

50 % That is the percentage of women who report they have sensitive eyes. This sensitivity takes the form of itching, watering eyes, redness, dry eyes, etc.

Source: IPSOS, 2007, Europe: panel of 10,000 people.

Key Figure - 25 %

25 %: This is the percentage of pigments contained in a corrective foundation. By means of comparison, traditional foundation has 15 to 20%.


source : Labos LRP

Key Figure - 3 à 6 : That is how many months ...

3 to 6 : That is how many months it takes for a nail to completely redevelop. A toenail will take twice as long to grow.

Key Figure - 25 : From delicate pink to intense velvety red ...

25 : From delicate pink to intense velvety red, there is a full palette of shades in the range of lipsticks for sensitive skin.

Key Figure - 50 to 80 : This is the average number ...

50 to 80 : This is the average number of strands of hair that we naturally lose each day, based on a natural and normal hair cycle.

The statistic - 50% : This is the percentage of women ...

50% : This is the percentage of women who have a sensitive scalp and suffer from itchiness and irritation. 


Source : Clinical trial on skin sensitivity conducted on 400 patients by Dr Laurent Misery.

Key Figure - 48% This is the percentage of men ...

48% This is the percentage of men, mainly between the ages of 30 and 50, who suffer from dandruff.


Source : Ipsos, 2003

Key Figure - 95% : UVA's account for ...

UVA's account for 95% of the ultraviolet rays that reach the earth. Insidious because they cause no pain, UVA rays penetrate very deeply into the skin and can damage cells

The statistic - 50% of sun capital is exhausted ...

50% of sun capital is exhausted by the age of 20


Source : Godar DE et al. UV doses of young adults. Photochem Photobiol 2003.

True or False ? > [33] results

Sun protection products prevent vitamin D absorption.

FALSE
UV rays are required to synthesise vitamin D, which is essential in fixing calcium in the bones. In the summer, even if the sky is overcast, brief periods of exposure (15 minutes) twice a week are all it takes to ensure absorption. Therefore, sun protection does not interfere with this process in any way.

Artificial UV tanning sessions let you tan in complete safety

FALSE
Tanning is the skin's defence mechanism against UVB rays. Yet UV tanning beds diffuse UVA rays in doses higher than those in sunlight: insidious because they are painless, they only provide a superficial tan and encourage the production of free radicals which are responsible for skin ageing and alterations in the cellular system. Therefore UV tanning beds speed up premature skin ageing and increase the risks of developing skin cancer.   

If I have a tan, I no longer need any protection

FALSE
The skin has defense mechanisms to fight the effects of UV rays: it thickens and produces a pigment (melanin) which partially filters UV rays and gives colour to the complexion-- your tan. However, this "natural" protection against the harmful effects of UV rays is superficial because it only partially filters out UV radiation. A tan therefore does not exempt you from using a sun production product.    

A woman who did not get pigmentation marks during her first pregnancy is not at risk for her second pregnancy

FALSE
All women are at risk for pigmentation marks and pregnancy mask, regardless of whether they had them during their first pregnancy.

Baldness only affects men

FALSE
Both men and women can lose their hair. However, women experience diffuse hair loss and tend to lose the hair on the top of their head. For men, hair loss may be much more extensive, leaving only a thin crown of hair above the neck and receding temples.

Dandruff is caused by a lack of hygiene

FALSE
Dandruff is caused by the proliferation of microscopic yeast in the scalp, called Malassezia. Harsh hair care products, stress, a poor diet and even wearing a hat for long periods of time may also play a role in the formation of dandruff.

Cutting your hair makes it stronger

FALSE
This is a myth that is widespread, yet absolutely false. Our hair, which is embedded in the hair follicles underneath the scalp’s surface, grows from its roots. Cutting a strand of hair at the surface of the scalp will have no strengthening effect on the hair whatsoever.

Lips are dryer in the winter than in the summer

FALSE
In both summer and winter, lips are confronted with external stress: sun, seawater, dust and chlorine on the one hand and cold, wind and pollution on the other. Unlike the rest of the body, lips have no corneal layer, sebaceous glands or melanin supply to protect them.

When worn for too long, nail polish can make nails turn yellow

TRUE
Unless you wear a transparent or treatment base coat. This base coat offers a layer of protection between the nail and the pigments in your varnish. Nevertheless it is still a good idea to let your nails breathe and wear nothing for a few days. Some varnishes have anti-migration pigments to limit yellowing of the nails.

Make-up can worsen my skin problems

TRUE  and FALSE
Certain ingredients in make-up products can potentially be allergenic. However, there are products that provide high dermatological and ophthalmological tolerance. With these you can avoid dryness and roughness of the epidermis as well as tightness and redness.

You should always use a moisturising cream before for applying make-up

TRUE
For a successful, luminous, even and long-lasting make-up result, it is advisable to moisturise the skin, regardless of whether you use a foundation. Moisturised skin also makes it easier to apply make-up and evens the skin's texture.

Make-up prevents the skin from breathing and causes blemishes

FALSE
Choosing make-up products with a hypoallergenic, purified formula minimises the risk of intolerance and skin sensitivity and ensures maximum comfort for the epidermis. Certain products are even enriched with sebo-regulating zinc to fight the overproduction of sebum.

Products for sensitive eyes do not offer optimal results

FALSE
Thanks to a rigorous selection of ingredients, make-up for sensitive eyes ensures optimal comfort. At the same time, it also delivers an outstanding beauty impact: intense colours for eye shadows, volume and/or length for mascara... and in all cases, the products have impeccable hold and colours that do not fade.

Psoriasis is linked to stress

TRUE
We are still unsure as to what precisely causes this skin disease. Nevertheless, the link between psoriasis and stress has been clinically proven. In fact, stress can trigger outbreaks of psoriasis in individuals who have a genetic predisposition to the disease.

Light textures do not provide optimal hydration for dry and sensitive skin

False

Dry and sensitive skin treatments are not pleasant to use

False

Dermocorticoids are recommended for treating itchiness.

TRUE
Creams that contain corticoids, called dermocorticoids, treat skin lesions as soon as they appear. In a remission phase, intensely moisturising emollient creams help restore the skin barrier and fight against cutaneous dryness.

It is normal to experience tight, pulling sensations after a shower

TRUE
Dry skin feels tight, especially after a shower and particularly in regions with hard water.  To minimize skin discomfort, we recommend that you use a gentle, soap-free cleanser and shower in lukewarm water.

Tight, pulling sensations are much more frequent during the winter.

TRUE
Our skin tends to become drier during the cold months. As a result, pickling and tight, pulling sensations are more common during the winter. This is why it is important to effectively moisturise our skin when the temperatures are low.  This is particularly true for our hands, which are increasingly exposed to the cold.

Anti-dark spot products can be dangerous for the skin

TRUE & FALSE
“Whitening” products sold by unauthorised vendors can contain illegal and dangerous substances (hydroquinone, mercury). Anti-dark spot products sold in pharmacies, however, comply with strict formulation standards and are subject to rigorous testing. These are safe.

Vitamin C is a powerful anti-aging active ingredient, perfectly suited to sensitive skin

True

Some skin types restore better than others

TRUE
Certain factors can indeed influence the reconstruction of the skin. Skin heals quicker in young people for example. Morevover, smoking, taking certain medicines or even certain nutritional deficiencies, can impair the healing process.

Sebaceous scaly patches appear during times of stress

FALSE (and TRUE)
They do not only appear during times of stress. However, like other factors that lower the immune defences, stress may aggravate the problem.

Men's skin is thicker than that of women.

TRUE
Men have thicker skin than women, both in the dermis and the epidermis. On average, the skin on men's faces is 22% thicker.

The sun cures acne

FALSE
The sun is a false friend. In the summer, its slight anti-inflammatory effect temporarily improves the appearance of imperfections. Yet UV rays greatly stimulate sebum production and thicken the skin leading to blocked pores. In the autumn the opposite happens: the imperfections reappear in even greater numbers.

Retinol can be used on sensitive skin

True

A deterioration in the quality of the complexion is a sign of ageing

TRUE
Loss of radiance and evenness in the complexion are the first ravages left by time. From the age of 30, melanin, which gives the skin its colour, is more unevenly distributed. The skin’s surface appears dull and uneven. It doesn’t reflect light as well and the complexion looks more uneven.

Dehydrated skin and dry skin mean the same thing

FALSE (and TRUE)
Dehydrated skin is skin that lacks water. Dry skin is skin that is lacking in lipids. However, some dry skins can also lack water and therefore be both dry and dehydrated.

Sensitive skin is allergenic skin

FALSE
The hyper-reactivity of sensitive skin is not linked to an allergy but to an abnormal excitability of the skin’s nerve endings. It can be of environmental, vascular or contact origin or be linked to an atopic skin.

Only dry skin is reactive

False

A BB cream is a make-up product

True
and
False

To put an end to dry skin, it is important to keep hydrated

False

Dry skin is incurable

False

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