SUN DAMAGED
SKIN

The sun can be a danger whatever your skin type, but damaged or healing skin is especially vulnerable to the effects of UV. Damaged skin can be at increased risk due to pre-existing skin conditions such as eczema, acne or rosacea, or due to interventions such as aesthetic treatments (laser, peels) or even tattoos. Why is damaged skin so vulnerable under the sun? When the skin is healing, it is “laid bare” and more susceptible to damage from UV rays. It is also prone to unsightly dark marks called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. 

YOUR QUESTIONS
OUR ANSWERS

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How can I tan without damaging my skin?

Skin tans when cells called melanocytes react to UV damage by producing a pigment called melanin to protect skin cells by absorbing UV radiation. In short, it is not possible to induce tanning without first exposing skin to damaging UV radiation that puts skin at risk of burning, premature ageing and skin cancer. The best way to tan without damaging skin is to use a self-tan product.


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How can I protect my skin from the sun?

Sun exposure puts you at risk of sunburn, as well as the long-term dangers of premature ageing and skin cancer. To stay safe in the sun, seek shade between 11 am and 3 pm, wear a hat, protective clothing and sunglasses. In addition to these measures, generously apply broad-spectrum UVA-UVB sunscreen every 2 hours to any area of exposed skin.


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How can I protect a new tattoo from the sun?

For the first 4 weeks after your tattoo procedure, the skin is still healing which means it is very vulnerable to the sun and at risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (dark brown discoloration), as well as pigment fading of your tattoo. Protect it with a skin barrier recovery cream integrating SPF50 such as CICAPLAST Baume B5 SPF50.


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What is sunscreen SPF?

SPF stands for “sun protection factor”. It relates to your sunscreen’s ability to protect skin against UVB rays which cause burning. The higher the number, the greater the protection. When in the sun, you are recommended to apply a minimum of SPF 30 every 2 hours. A golfball-sized amount is required for the whole body.


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Does a spray tan protect you from the sun?

Absolutely not! Spray tans react with dead cells at skin’s surface to “dye” the skin. This has no bearing whatsoever on the skin’s defences against the sun. Spray tanning is much safer than conventional tanning, but you must continue to protect your skin from the sun after a spray tan using broad-spectrum UVA-UVB sunscreen.


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OR FALSE

THE EARLIER A SKIN
CANCER IS DETECTED, THE BETTER.

TRUE

If detected early, 90% of skin cancers are curable. That is why screening is so important Between dermatologistvisits, use [SAVE YOUR SKIN LANDING PAGE] to keep an eye on your moles and those of your loved ones. And of course, make sunscreen a daily non-negotiable to protect your moles and prevent skin cancer.
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SUN CAN MAKE
YOU AGE PREMATURELY.

TRUE

UVA rays disrupt skin’s inner building blocks such as collagen and elastin fibres. Over time,sun exposure causes a loss of plumpnessand elasticity as well as wrinkles. UVB rays also stimulate patchy and irregular pigment production leadingto dark spots and a sallow complexion. Globally, thesechanges in the skin are known as photo-ageing.
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CHILDREN ARE MORE
VULNERABLE TO THE SUN.

TRUE

Sun safety is of paramount importance for children, especially when you know that 50 - 80% of UV-related damage occurs beforethe age of 20 years old, and that 1 out of 55 people born in 2008 will one day developa melanoma. But this risk can be drastically reduced with the proper protection
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HOW TO PROTECT DAMAGED SKIN
IN THE SUN

For these reasons, when skin is damaged, weakened or healing, it is especially important to protect it with sunscreen you can trust, which should be formulated to be well tolerated even on fragilized skin. Your top formulas should also integrate soothing active ingredients such as thermal spring water to help calm your vulnerable skin as you protect.

In the articles below, you will find our expert recommendations about which sunscreen to use on fragilized or healing skin in different situations. For example, a non-comedogenic formula is the way to go for acne-prone skin, while an ultra-hypoallergenic formula would be the best choice for allergy-prone skin.

We’ll also tell you how to cool, calm and protect sunburnt skin, plus when you might need to see a doctor.

This section is also the place to find information about sun protection in the context of cancer treatment.

OUR SAFETY
COMMITMENTS

Safety standards beyond international cosmetics regulations.

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100% PRODUCTS
ALLERGY TESTED

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One Prerequisite = Zero Allergic reactions
If we detect a single case, we go back to the labs and reformulate
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FORMULA PROTECTION
OVER TIME

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We select the most protective packaging associated with only the necessary preservatives, to guarantee intact tolerance and efficacy over time.
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JUST THE ESSENTIAL,
AT THE RIGHT ACTIVE DOSE

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Developed in collaboration with dermatologist and toxicologist, our products contain only the necessary ingredients, at the right active dose.
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TESTED
ON VERY SENSITIVE
 SKIN

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Our products' tolerance is verified on the most sensitive skin: reactive, allergic, acne-prone, atopic, damaged or weakened by cancer treatments.

DEAR
READERS

The information displayed here is intended for general educational purposes only and should not in any case be a substitute for professional medical advice. You should always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with any medical question.