5 safe tanning tips for a fabulous golden glow

Agenda | 2018-07-19 09:05:33

5 safe tanning tips for a fabulous golden glow

Sun protection factor, mineral filter, nutrition … Follow these tips to make you a perfect tan without impacting our environment.

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The sun, our feelgood friend… but who has a darker side.

It’s essential for our health, but everything in moderation!

So it’s important that we protects ourselves and get into the habit of not only applying a sunscreen, but also doing so in an eco-friendly manner.

1. Choose the right Sun Protection Factor

At the risk of repeating ourselves, applying a suitable SPF is the key to protecting our bodies from harmful rays. Several factors should be taken into account: skin type, the time of day, the season, the geographical location, the length of exposure and the type of activity…

A Sun Protection Factor (SPF) is a measure of how well a sunscreen can protect skin from the UVB rays that cause sunburn. The number following the SPF abbreviation indicates the time ratio that it takes for unprotected vs protected skin to burn when exposed to ultraviolet rays.

If your skin tends to burn after 10min, then in theory applying an SPF30 will give you 10min x 30 = 300min. This is a theoretical calculation that also depends on how thickly you apply your sunscreen and your level of sun exposure.

an SPF8 blocks 88% of UVB
an SPF15 blocks 93% of UVB
an SPF30 blocks 97% of UVB
an SPF50 blocks 98% of UVB

Whatever SPF you choose, you should reapply your sunscreen every 2 hours as well as after swimming, drying off with a towel or if you are sweating.

What about UVA? UVA rays have a longer wavelength than UVB’s, making them arch enemy No.1 when it comes to ageing skin, wrinkles and pigment spots. So, it’s vital that you choose a sunscreen that also protects against UVA rays. To check if your sunscreen protects against UVA, look for the circled UVA logo on the container. UVA protection logos tend to be noted if the UVA protection level is at least 1/3 of the UVB SPF.

Sigle UVA

2. Opt for mineral-based sunscreens

Apart from choosing a sunscreen for its skin-preserving benefits, it’s also important to choose one that has a minimal environmental impact. Opt for sunscreens that contain mineral rather than chemical filters, which are known to harm marine environments.

The moment you apply a sunscreen to your skin and dip your toe in the sea, you’ll leave a trace of the product behind. This is why you’ll often see an oily film floating around the water if you’re at a crowded beach.

An astonishing 4,000 to 6,000 tons of sunscreen annually ends up in the Earth’s seas and oceans and it’s one of the reasons our coral reefs are dying out.

Some chemical filters activate viruses that multiply and kill the micro-algae (zooxanthellae) housed in the corals’ tissues. These corals will then turn white and die within 48 hours.

blanchiement coraux

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No coral reef off your favourite beach? Bear in mind that corals are marine lungs. In the same way that we could never survive without trees, marine life can’t live without corals. And the adverse effects of chemicals discharged into the ocean via non-organic sunscreens also affect fish, oysters, mussels and other filter-feeding marine organisms.

The benefits of sunscreens solely formulated with mineral filters are therefore numerous: they are effective thanks to a ‘mirror’ effect. This is because they form a protective barrier on the surface of the skin unlike chemical filters, which penetrate skin’s natural barrier and potentially pump our bodies with harmful ingredients. They’re also suited to people with sensitive or reactive skin and limit the risk of allergies.

If there’s one positive thing that’s à la mode today, it’s going down the ‘natural’ route! Some brands boast about the mineral filters in their sunscreens, but what they don’t mention are the ‘so-called natural’ or ‘chemical’ filters that are blended in so as to obtain a particular texture. Our tip? Learn how to decipher ingredient lists!

Chemical filters that you should avoid like the plague:
4-Methylbenzylidene Camphor
Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate

3. Mineral-based sunscreens are good, but eco-friendly, ORGANIC ones are the tops!

ORGANIC certified sunscreens contain only 2 chemical filters: titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.

Apart from mineral filters, ORGANIC certification means the composition of their ingredients must be between 95% and 100% of natural origin and derived from organic farming: vegetable oils, antioxidant active ingredients, soothing active ingredients and other substances that are readily biodegradable.

Ingredients that do not meet ORGANIC certification standards include silicones and water-soluble filters that aren’t readily biodegradable and will dissolve in water, disrupting the marine eco-system in the process.

Chemical UV filters
and ingredients found in non-ORGANIC certified sunscreens can also interfere with the endocrine system.

These are known as endocrine disruptors and they’re particularly harmful to pregnant women, babies, children and teenagers.

EQ sunscreens are certified BIO® (organic) by Ecocert® (a French organic certification organisation that’s recognised world-wide) and carry the label Cosmebio® meaning they use mineral filters and don’t contain endocrine disruptors, parabens, PEG or silicone. Apart from their composition, our products are carefully monitored from the moment formulas are developed right through to the manufacturing process, our choice of packaging and the message we want to get across. You won’t find any devious greenwashing going on when it comes to ORGANIC cosmetics brands!

cosmébio ecocert

4. Say no to nanoparticles

Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide can be present in sunscreens and cosmetics in nanoparticle or non-nanoparticle form.

Nanoparticles are particles that are smaller than a cell. Due to their miniscule size, nanoparticles can penetrate and spread around living organisms, even managing to get inside cells.

They can harm plants, micro-organisms, animals as well as humans.

The presence of nanoparticles in a cosmetic product must be mentioned in the INCI list (list of ingredients) and you can recognise them by looking for the word [NANO] directly after a particular ingredient. If you can’t see [nano], then you’re safe and sound!

Here at EQ we respect our customers and nature alike, so our products are completely nanoparticle-free.

5. A healthy bronzed glow starts from the inside

Radiant skin loves 100% healthy and sun friendly foods: carrots, melon, apricots, raspberries, watercress, spinach… The trick is to alternate between beta-carotene rich foods that activate melanin and those packed with the antioxidant vitamins A, E and C, all of which help to protect us from harmful UV rays. Wherever possible, go for organic foods that have been locally produced.

fruit et légume bronzage

Finally, don’t forget another Golden Tanning Rule. Once you’ve done with hanging out at the beach, make sure you collect any rubbish (particularly plastics) that people may have left behind! Trust us, every little helps!


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Crème solaire bio spf15


combistick crème spf50 et stick spf50+


Lipstick spf30








blue sun stick spf30


khaki sun stick SPF50+<br />


gold sun stick SPF50+

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