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Why protecting vulnerable areas could save your skin?

Not all skin is created equal. Some areas are thinner and more sensitive than others—which also puts them at higher risk when it comes to sun exposure. Skin around the eyes, ears and lips is particularly vulnerable, as are areas regularly affected by skin conditions like herpes.
Ironically, these sensitive zones are also often the very areas we neglect when applying sun protection. Who hasn’t slathered themselves with sunscreen only to burn the tops of their ears or the tip of their nose? But protecting sensitive skin from UV rays isn’t just a matter of avoiding sunburn, fine lines or wrinkles—failing to protect these areas can also have serious implications for your health.

Eyes: Protecting Our Windows to the Soul


Skin around the eyes is thinner and more fragile. As such, it is more susceptible to the effects of environmental and lifestyle factors like the sun, fatigue and pollution, and the first area to show signs of age (hello, crow’s feet!).
Skin cancer in this area is also a very real concern, with eyelid cancer making up a not-insignificant 5% to 10% of all skin cancer cases*. This is likely compounded by the fact that we often neglect to apply sunscreen around the eyes because it tends to run, sting, or even burn—especially if you’re sweating or swimming.
While it’s understandable why you’d want to avoid it, skipping sunscreen here is a bad idea—protecting the vulnerable eye area from harmful UV rays not only combats the signs of aging, it is vital to your skin’s health.


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Anthelios ULTRA

If you’re still balking at the idea, try choosing a high SPF sunscreen designed specifically for eyes, that won’t run or sting.
It’s important to note that our sun creams are tested under ophthalmological and dermatological control on sensitive eye areas—and on contact lens wearers—to guarantee a high tolerated protection.

La Roche Posay’s new ULTRA sunscreen has been designed to fit needs of people with sensitive eyes, preventing eye-stinging by its ultra-resistant formula designed not to run and its minimal ingredient list.
ULTRA has been tested under both dermatological and ophthalmological control on contact lens wearers and people with sensitive eyes.

I Gotta Wear Shades

The skin isn’t the only organ affected by UV rays. The eyes and eyelids are also extremely vulnerable.
Wearing sunglasses that carry the “CE” mark is as critical to eye health as using a good sunscreen, and can go a long way towards reducing sun glare, preventing cataracts** and avoiding damage to the retina related to sun exposure.
There are four different categories of glass, but only categories 3 and 4 will provide an adequate level of UV protection for the kind of bright sunlight generally encountered at the beach or in the mountains.

A Stick for Fragile Areas

There are four different categories of glass, but only categories 3 and 4 will provide an adequate level of UV protection for the kind of bright sunlight generally encountered at the beach or in the mountains.

Skin around the eyes, the nose, scar marks and moles are particularly susceptible to the harmful effects of UVB and UVA rays, but we often fail to apply adequate sun protection to these areas, leaving them vulnerable to sun damage from overexposure.
Fragile skin requires a higher SPF than other areas of the body, which is why the Laboratoire Dermatologique La Roche-Posay has developed the Anthelios Stick for Sensitive Areas SPF 50+

Smooth on the Lips


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Stick for Lips SPF 50+

The skin on the lips is naturally thin and fragile, lacking the corneal layer and sebaceous glands that usually help skin stay lubricated and protected. As a result, it is more easily irritated by wind and cold.
To combat the dryness and tightness that are common to this area, the Laboratoire Dermatologique La Roche-Posay has created the Anthelios Stick for Lips SPF 50+. Fragrance- and paraben-free, it moisturizes and nourishes lips, while its high SPF protects them from harmful UVB and UVA rays.

* https://www.skincancer.org/prevention/sun-protection/for-your-eyes/the-eyelids-highly-susceptible-to-skin-cancer
** https://www.aao.org/eye-health/glasses-contacts/sunglasses-3

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