SUN PROTECTION
& PRODUCT SAFETY

If you are reading this, you are probably keen to protect your skin from the harm sun can do. But you may also be concerned about the safety of sun protection products for your family’s health, and for the environment too.

YOUR QUESTIONS
OUR ANSWERS

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How can I protect my face from the sun?

The face is the most frequently exposed area. It's important to develop a daily habit of high SPF protection on the face. This will reduce the sun damage throughout one’s life. However even with daily sun protection, direct sun exposure on the face should be avoided where possible using hats, shade and sunglasses. Dr Cara McDonald, Dermatologist – Complete Skin Specialists

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How can I protect my skin from the sun without sunscreen?

Without sunscreen it is difficult to obtain complete protection from the sun if outdoors. Sun-protective clothing, hats, sunglasses and shade are great additions to reduce sun damage but due to reflection of sunlight we cannot completely protect our skin outdoors without using sunscreen. Dr Cara McDonald, Dermatologist – Complete Skin Specialists

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Which sunscreen is safe for coral reefs?

Both of the primary filters in La Roche-Posay’s ANTHELIOS range, Mexoryl SX and Mexoryl XL, have been extensively tested with regard to marine environments. In ecotoxicology testing, 5 weeks’ exposure to these filters at concentrations higher than those found in sea water neither induced coral bleaching nor had any negative effect on the coral’s symbiotic micro-algae.


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What is sunscreen SPF?

SPF (sun protection factor) is a measure relating to UVB and the time taken to see a sunburn reaction compared to using no protection at all. It does not measure protection against UVA radiation and therefore it is very important to choose a sunscreen that has both a high SPF (50+) and is also labelled as broad-spectrum. Dr Cara McDonald, Dermatologist – Complete Skin Specialists

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Does a spray tan protect you from the sun?

Unfortunately a spray tan offers no effective level of sun protection. The tan like a dye in the outer layers of the skin but has no protective effect. Fake tanning is much safer than conventional tanning from the sun but it is still essential to use regular sun protection to avoid unintended damage after using fake tan. Dr Cara McDonald, Dermatologist – Complete Skin Specialists

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TRUE
OR FALSE

NO NEED TO WEAR SUN
PROTECTION WHEN IT'S CLOUDY.

FALSE

Even on a grey and rainy day, skin is exposed to UV rays that will gradually cause the stigmata of photo-ageing to appear. To fully protect your skin, opt for sunscreen every day, not just when it’s warm and sunny. 
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SUN CAN MAKE
YOU AGE PREMATURELY.

TRUE

UVA rays disrupt skin’s inner building blocks such as collagen and elastin fibres. Over time,sun exposure causes a loss of plumpness and elasticity as well as wrinkles. UVB rays also stimulate patchy and irregular pigment production leading to dark spots and a sallow complexion. Globally, these changes in the skin are known as photo-ageing.
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DARK CLOTHES ARE
BETTER-SUITED FOR THE SUN.

TRUE

Indeed, dark and intense colours such as black, navy, red, or emerald green, provide more UV protection than white and pastels. So make sure you bring along some dark colours items of clothing too when packing for your next holidays.
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SUN IS GOOD
FOR YOUR KID.

FALSE

Children's skin is particularly vulnerable to the harmful effects of the sun. That's why paediatricians and dermatologists agree that babies and toddlers under 3 years old should have no direct sun exposure whatsoever. After this age, make sure you use a high-protection broad-spectrum UVA-UVB sunscreen.
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THE EARLIER A SKIN
CANCER IS DETECTED, THE BETTER.

TRUE

If detected early, 90% of skin cancers are curable. That is why screening is so important between dermatologist visits to keep an eye on your moles and those of your loved ones. And of course, make sunscreen a daily non-negotiable to protect your moles and prevent skin cancer.
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CHILDREN ARE MORE
VULNERABLE TO THE SUN.

TRUE

Sun safety is of paramount importance for children, especially when you know that 50 - 80% of UV-related damage occurs before the age of 20 years old, and that 1 out of 55 people born in 2008 will one day develop a melanoma. But this risk can be drastically reduced with the proper protection.
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IS SUNSCREEN SAFE?

Is sunscreen safe to use? You may have read or heard about claims that sunscreen can actually cause cancer. The truth is that these claims are misleading and lack any evidence base. No data published to date shows any adverse health effects in humans due to the regular use of sunscreen, whereas its protective effect against skin cancer has been widely demonstrated. 

The bottom line is that it is the sun, and not sunscreen, that can cause skin cancer.

THE LA ROCHE-POSAY MISSION:
PROTECTING PUBLIC HEALTH

With an expert dermatological brand like La Roche-Posay, which rigorously tests its products on the most sensitive skin, you are in safe hands. Our mission has always been to promote and protect public health, offering maximum sun protection suitable for even the most sensitive: From babies to seniors.

TAKING ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT INTO ACCOUNT
AT EVERY STAGE OF PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

But what about the environment? La Roche-Posay Laboratories take the possibility of any environmental impact into account at every stage of product development. As part of the Sharing Beauty with All program,

La Roche-Posay ensures that 100% of our final products are meticulously evaluated in terms of environmental and social performance at every step of their life cycle, in order to strongly progress on 4 major criteria:

  • environmental footprint of our formula (biodegradability, impact on aquatic life, renewability, etc.)
  • raw material sourcing
  • packaging
  • product social benefits

Both of the sun filters used in La Roche-Posay suncare, Mexoryl XL and SX, have been tested on corals. Even extreme concentrations of these filters in sea water have been proven to have no bleaching effect on coral.

Did you
know?

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38% of people still don’t regularly protect themselves from UV*. ANTHELIOS products make everyday sun protection easy.

* Source: Skin cancer prevention global report - IPSOS LRP - February 2015

DEAR
READERS

The information displayed here is intended for general educational purposes only and should not in any case be a substitute for professional medical advice. You should always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with any medical question.