The Dos and Don’ts of Suncare

Guide | 2018-07-01 15:15:46

The Dos and Don’ts of Suncare

The EQ team tells you everything about the good practices to adopt from a sun exposure. Let’s discover how to enjoy the benefits of the sun light safely

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The days are getting longer, ¾ wetsuits are making an appearance and cocktails in the sun are on the cards… these are just some of the signs that summer’s coming back, and its glorious sunshine with it.

Sunshine contributes to the production of Vitamin D, to your general sense of happiness and well-being, and gives a lovely golden glow to those who know to follow certain rules when they’re in the sun.
Without sun protection, we can expose ourselves to sunburn, ageing skin, and even skin cancer.

Here’s our guide on the dos and don’ts when you’re spending time in the sun, so you get that perfect balance between that warm feeling of happiness and protection from its dangers.

DO !

Hydrate your skin

We can’t say this enough: it’s an essential daily step for reinforcing your skin’s natural barriers against dryness. Depending on your preference and skin type, you can choose from a fresh, gentle, light serum with a base of Aloe Vera
(after-sun moisturizing milk) or a richer, 100% BIO vegetable-oil lotion (dry oil EQ). If you’re looking to perfect or even enhance a natural glow, then you could apply a moisturising self-tanning lotion self-tanning

Justine Dupont pink surfboard

Choose an effective sun cream

It’s important to choose a sun cream that ensures a high level of UVB/UVA protection, with an SPF factor adapted to your skin type.


Very High Sun Protection, suitable for extreme levels of sunlight (especially outdoor sport on the water or in the mountains, where providing for the level of reflection is particularly important), and for very pale and sensitive skin unused to strong sunlight.

Organic sun cream SPF50+

SPF30 and SPF50

High Sun Protection for strong level of sunlight and pale skin spending time in the sun

Organic sun cream SPF50 SPF30


Medium Sun Protection for normal sun conditions, skin unused to sun exposure

Organic sun cream SPF15

Apply a sun cream generously

Organic sun stick blue


Apply a sun cream suitable for your skin type evenly and generously on all exposed areas. Don’t forget about your ears, feet and neck.
The correct amount: 1 tsp for your face, 2-3 tablespoons for your body.

Reapply your sun cream

Reapply your sun cream once every two hours or after swimming, surfing or wiping it off.

Choose an organic sun cream with mineral filters

There are two types of sun protection :


Chemical filters absorb the dangerous parts of the sun’s rays (UV rays), turn it into heat and get rid of it through the skin. The chemical products are then absorbed into the skin and can be dangerous to your heath (endocrine disruption). Chemical filters are also highly pollutant to the marine environment – they can cause both bleaching, and death, of coral in less than 48 hours. The rapid expansion of tourism in areas where coral is prevalent is a real danger to the coral, a rich and unique ecosystem that participates in the preservation of the biodiversity of the seas and oceans.


The minerals form a layer on the top of the skin that reflects UV rays like a mirror reflects light. No ingredients are deeply absorbed by the skin, and organic formulas respect the environment.
Choosing a mineral sun cream assures natural skin protection for the whole family, and fights against the destruction of the sea beds. What’s more, formulas certified as ORGANIC by ECOCERT® and labelled by COSMEBIO® contain ingredients selected for their rejuvenating properties and non-toxic nature.

EQ sun care products have been designed to fight against the destruction of the seabeds and the coral reefs. Much more than a simple sun cream, our range is 100% mineral-based – they only contain mineral sun filters, are certified BIO (by COSMEBIO®) by ECOCERT®, and are guaranteed to be free from parabens, chemical filters, endocrine disruptors and PEG.
Focus on the EQ sun care range

EQ organic suncare range


Avoid putting on sun cream

Avoid putting on sun cream because you think you won’t need it, because you think you won’t be in the sun.

There are 6 phototypes which classifies skin’s sensitivity to the sun. The weaker your phototype is, the more you need to protect yourself from the sun and its UV rays.

Phototype I-II :

very light skin, often with freckles, chestnut or red hair. You’re very sensitive to the sun and never, or very rarely, tan.

Phototype III :

light skin, often with freckles, blonde or light brown hair, light eyes. You often burn and rarely tan.

Phototype IV :

light skin, brown hair, isn’t very sensitive to the sun and tans quite quickly.

Phototype V-VI :

dark skin, doesn’t react to sunlight, dark brown to black hair, dark eyes, tans very quickly.

Even if your skin is naturally very well-protected by melanin, don’t trust the sun. Often, tans conceal the appearance of wrinkles, deep dehydration of the skin, and premature ageing which often can’t be observed until later on…

All skin types must be protected from the sun by choosing an SPF suitable to the weather conditions.

kyllian guerin surfing sunscreen

Stay in the shade without protection

Pay attention to the sun’s reflection

Reflections exacerbate the effect of UV rays from 50-80% on snow, 20% on the sea, and 5-20% on sand.

sun water

Sun rays are the same even when they seem hidden

Under a sky with high, light clouds, 50% of rays still get through. In the shade, 50% of rays are still there no matter way.
In the water, at an average depth, 40% of rays will still get through.

Justine Dupont Kyllian Guerin Sun

Go out in the sun between 12 and 4pm

Make the most of a siesta period in the shade, protected by a t-shirt, hat, and sunglasses. If you have to go out in the hottest hours, opt for very high sun protection

shade palmtree sun

Use cosmetic products containing alcohol or essential oils

Use cosmetic products containing alcohol or essential oils before going out in the sun. These products can cause ‘photosensitisation’ on the skin, and can cause dark marks to appear that can last for several months.

sunset surf

All the EQ team hope you have a fantastic summer !

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