SUN PIGMENTATION
(PREGNANCY, MELASMA)

In the preceding sections, we have explored the link between sun exposure and signs of ageing, as well as skin cancer risk. This section focuses on irregular pigmentation issues resulting from UV exposure. 

YOUR QUESTIONS
OUR ANSWERS

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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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What is the best sunscreen for sensitive skin?

Some sunscreens can cause unpleasant stinging sensations on sensitive skin. Opt for broad-spectrum UVA-UVB protection that is tested on the most sensitive skin, such as the ANTHELIOS range from the sensitive skin specialist brand La Roche-Posay. All ANTHELIOS products integrate naturally anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water to soothe sensitive skin.


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How can I protect my skin from the sun without sunscreen?

Dermatologists recommend wearing hats, sunglasses and protective clothing as well as seeking shade when the sun is at its strongest. But sunscreen is at the core of sun protection strategies and cannot be omitted from your routine. ANTHELIOS sunscreens undergo rigorous testing on even the most sensitive skin to ensure total safety.


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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 face from the sun?

To avoid premature ageing or skin cancer, it is important to use daily facial sunscreen. This is all the more important if you are pregnant or using the oral contraceptive pill, as this puts you at risk of “pregnancy mask.” Choose a texture that best suits your skin such as a comfort cream for dry skin, a non-comedogenic gel for oily skin or a fresh mist if you like rubbing cream in.


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TRUE
OR FALSE

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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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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NO NEED TO WEAR SUN
PROTECTION WHEN IT'S CLOUDY.

FALSE

Even on a grey and rainy day, skin is exposed to UV rays that will gradually cause the stigmata of photo-ageing to appear. To fully protect your skin, opt for sunscreen every day, not just when it’s warm and sunny. 
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PIGMENTATION
IN PREGNANCY

The hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy mean that you are at high risk of a condition known as melasma or “pregnancy mask”. To help prevent dark marks and brown patches from appearing on the forehead, cheeks and upper lip during pregnancy, we recommend daily SPF 50 sun protection throughout all 3 trimesters.

In the dedicated article below, you will learn which products to use during pregnancy as well as lifestyle changes you can make to help prevent pregnancy mask.

SKIN AGEING
AND PIGMENTATION

You will also find an article on pigmentation problems associated with ageing (irregular melanin distribution, age spots…), why sunscreen really is the best anti-ageing product, and how the toxic duo of Pollution + UV can trigger all sorts of pigment issues for your skin.

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know?

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90% of skin cancers are curable, if detected early*. Become a Skin Checker and monitor your and your loved ones’ moles.

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* https://www.euromelanoma.org/intl/node/25 epidemiological fact sheet

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COMMITMENTS

Safety standards beyond international cosmetics regulations.

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If we detect a single case, we go back to the labs and reformulate
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JUST THE ESSENTIAL,
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.
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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.

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.