5 easy rules for sun protection

Guide | 2017-08-10 16:58:44

5 easy rules for sun protection

Before leaving on holidays, it’s important to keep in mind how to protect effectively from the sun, whether you’ll be on the beach, in the mountains, or in the countryside.

1. Avoid peak hours : between 12 p.m and 4 p.m

Stay indoors or seek shade between 12 p.m and 4 p.m, when sun rays are most intensem

2. Stay hydrated

Don’t wait for thirst to set in, drink lots of water.
You can also adapt your food to maximise your body hydratation. Favor foods that are high in water : cucumber, tomato, watermelon, spinach or salad, they contain more than 90% water !

Bien s'hydrater lors de fortes chaleurs

3. Seek shade and cover up with clothing, a hat and sunglasses

Be careful however : not all clothing is equal regarding sun protection. Some garments are specifically designed with an Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF). It is the equivalent of the sun protection factor (SPF) for sunscreens. The higher the UPF value, the less UV radiation reaches the skin and the better the protection.

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Here are a few tips :

  • Darker and brighter colours usually block more UV radiation (by absorbing it) which helps reduce exposure.
  • Wet garments are less protective than dry garments.
  • Less UV passes through tightly woven or knitted fabrics.

Stay on the shade

4. Wear sunscreen and apply generously and evenly

The minimum quantity to apply is 2 mg/cm² of skin, corresponding to 1 tablespoon for the face and 2 to 3 tablespoons for the body.
Apply evenly : don’t forget your neck, face, ears, tops of your feet and legs !

Our tip : apply sunscreen while in the shade at home, before going outdoors.

Appliquer généreusement de la crème solaire

5. Reapply sunscreen at least every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating.

Whatever SPF you are using, you must reapply sunscreen at least every two hours, or after swimming or sweating (even if you’re using a waterproof sunscreen). However this recommendation should be adapted depending on your phototype, the characteristics and sensitivity of your skin, level of sun exposure, and SPF chosen. The higher the SPF, the longer the skin will be protected.

Renouveler toutes les 2H

Skin phototype

Phototype de peau protection solaire

Phototype de peau protection solaire

Be careful of sun reflection, that emphasizes the effect of UV rays. Sand reflects 10 to 20% of UV rays, water 20% and snow up to 80% ! Under extreme sun exposure it is important to reinforce sun protection, even if you’re protected with a beach umbrella or a hat.

Did you know ?

At higher altitudes, a thinner atmosphere filters less UV radiation. With every 300 metres increase in altitude, UV levels increase by 4%.

In order to be more exhaustive, you can find below the complete list of rules regarding sun protection :

  • Sunburns are dangerous, especially for children.
  • Keep the babies and young children (under 3 years old) out of direct sunlight.
  • Using sunscreen does not mean you can stay in the sun for longer.
  • Avoid sun exposure during peak hours (between 12pm and 4pm), or use sunscreen in addition to clothing.
  • Chose a SPF adapted to your phototype, and to the conditions of sun exposure.

  • Before going out in the sun, apply sunscreen generously and evenly.
  • Reducing the quantity of sunscreen used reduces the level of protection.
  • Reapply sunscreen often to maintain sun protection, especially after swimming or sweating.
  • Protect from the sun, even if the weather is cloudy or shady.
  • Over exposition to sun rays is dangerous for health, even for dark or tanned skins.

Keep in mind that no sunscreen can assure a total protection against UV rays.

World Health Organization’s recommandations : Read more

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