How to choose sunscreen
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The choice of sunscreen is vast, so here’s some information to help you make an informed choice and choose the right one for you.
Sunlight gives you a warm feeling and a healthy glow which is great for morale but can be dangerous for your skin.
Phototypes I and II - SPF 25
Phototypes III - SPF 15
Phototypes IV - SPF 15
However this is the minimum. Use higher protection if you are particularly sensitive, especially for children.
It’s best to use a liquid cream on your face and milks or sprays on your body (don’t use oils because their texture doesn't allow important filters to be incorporated).
Our advice: Very high SPF products are sometimes very thick, which can be unpleasant, difficult to apply and leave white marks. Use a lower SPF sunscreen that's easier to apply, and always apply liberally.
How often do you need to reapply sunscreen?
You need to be sure that you tan gradually and safely. Avoid exposure to the sun at the hottest times of the day (between 12 and 4pm), and reapply sunscreen every 2 hours.
What you need for...
Mountains. High SPF is essential for skiers. The reflection of the sun on the snow is very strong. Protect your eyes with snow goggles or specially designed sunglasses (which are also ideal for mountain hikers in the summer).
Tropics. If you're on the coast and on fine white sand, use a very high SPF sunscreen at the beginning of your trip. When you start to tan, reduce the factor gradually, but remain careful and don’t go below 15 because the glare of the sun is strong on the water and sand, even under a parasol.
European coast. Maximum protection is needed from the sun, wind and glare off water and sand. Start with a SPF of around 40 for the face and 30 for the body. Once you are tanned you can lower the factor for the rest of your trip.
In the desert. Even if you cover your body and face with a hat, it won't stop you from burning. Apply 40+ SPF on your face and don’t forget to protect your hands and forearms with SPF 30+.
Everyday. Even if you're just out and about in the sun, catching a few rays on a patio, in a pub garden or sat on a park bench in spring, don't forget your cream. The sun can be strong, even in the city. SPF 15 should be enough for your face and neckline.
Keep a tube of suncream in your bag in case you stay out in the sun for several hours. Get into the habit of applying suncream every time you're outside or in your garden.
Even if you're already tanned. It doesn't mean you don't have to take care! Low protection should still be used for the face and body, especially if you're on the coast with the sun and wind to contend with.