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May 15, 2019

Getting the Most From Your Sunscreen

Are you an outdoor sports enthusiast?

Protect yourself adequately against ultraviolet rays!

Are you heading outdoors to go running, swimming, fishing, skiing or to play golf or volleyball? Remember to adequately protect yourself against UVA and UVB rays. You will lessen the risk of getting painful sunburn and causing deep layer skin damage linked to UVAs.


Why should you protect your skin?

It’s a known fact: UVA and UVB rays are harmful as they cause significant oxidative stress which can ultimately affect skin cells’ DNA. This may result in major damage to your health and skin, including: 

Do you know what to look for in a sunscreen?

When exercising outdoors, it’s important to choose the right sunscreen.  Look for the words “broad spectrum” and – above all – the UVA logo. This logo indicates that the sunscreen blocks UVAs (95% of the harmful rays that affect the skin) and meets Health Canada’s minimum standards for good skin protection, a must for outdoor activities. Another must is a sunscreen that is water and sweat resistant for at least 40 minutes. Many brands offer products that meet this requirement. Some can even be applied to wet skin. This is particularly useful for water sports enthusiasts (e.g. swimming, water polo, diving, rowing, water skiing, surfing, etc.).

Important reminder: the Canadian Dermatology Association (CDA) recommends that everyone – not just sports enthusiasts – choose a product with an SPF of at least 30.

When and how should you apply sunscreen?

To be effective, sunscreen should be applied at least 30 minutes before going outside. An average-sized adult needs about 35 ml of cream or lotion to cover the body and face. This is the teaspoon rule recommended by Health Canada.  And remember these often forgotten spots: nose, back of neck, ears, hands, and feet.

Reapplying sunscreen is important, too! In fact, you should reapply it at least every two hours, regardless of the SPF number, and always after swimming. The SPF number is NOT a measure of time, and no product protects all day. Stay safe!

Stay active under the sun with VICHY sun protection

 VICHY Idéal Soleil products offer high tolerance formulas for sensitive skin, recognized by the Canadian Dermatology Association. High UVA/UVB protection (as shown by Health Canada’s circle with “UVA” inside it), broad spectrum UV filters, including Mexoryl, to enhance the beauty of your skin:

    This sun protection offers 80-minute water and sweat resistance. Its multiple filters provide excellent UVB protection to help prevent sunburn, and UVA protection against invisible, long-term skin damage. This lotion will help protect you during high levels of activity such as swimming, surfing, cycling, and running. Its ultra-light texture is well-suited for face and body. It is the first product with “WET SKIN” technology, meaning that it can be applied directly on wet skin, as well as on dry skin.
  • IDÉAL SOLEIL – ANTI-SHINE DRY TOUCH LOTION SFP 60: A dry touch, facial sun protection, with a powdery texture and long-lasting, anti-shine properties that mattify skin, even in the most humid conditions. It is also water and sweat resistant for up to 80 minutes. Excellent UVA/UVB protection (as shown by Health Canada’s circle with “UVA” inside it). It is the perfect choice for active individuals, those who enjoy outdoor activities, or those with oily skin. 
  • ULTRA-FLUID TINTED SUNSCREEN SPF 60: This ultra-fluid tinted sunscreen SPF 60 is formulated with a 100% mineral filter. This formula offers UVA/UVB protection (as shown by Health Canada’s circle with “UVA” inside it). It also contains Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Water and vitamin E to strengthen your skin’s defense system, and boost the UVA/UVB protection provided by the mineral filter. 
  • IDÉAL SOLEIL LIP STICK SPF 30: The stick allows for quick and easy application. Your lips will be comfortably hydrated and protected against sun damage, including sunburn and premature aging.

Ask your beauty consultant to show you the various VICHY products. She will help you find the best sun protection suited to your active lifestyle.

Does sunscreen provide enough protection?

No, it doesn’t. In fact, healthcare professionals recommend that everyone – including sports enthusiasts – take several other precautions to protect themselves from the harmful effects of ultraviolet rays.

In a nutshell:

  • Wear a cap, a wide headband, a scarf or a hat.
  • Wear sunglasses.
  • Wear loose-fitting, tightly woven clothing (many manufacturers now offer clothing with SPF) that covers most of your skin.
  • Avoid going outside between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., when UV rays are particularly strong.
  • Drink water regularly to keep your body well hydrated.

If possible, take breaks in the shade, under a tree, a shelter or an umbrella. This will help you avoid heatstroke .


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