Choosing Your Sun Protection: A Dermatologist's Advice

UV rays are partly responsible for skin ageing. Everybody needs sun protection. Protection can be obtained through clothing, a hat, anti-UV sunglasses and sun protection products on uncovered skin, as indicated by dermatologists.

Choosing Your Sun Protection: A Dermatologist's Advice

What are the key principles of sun protection?

Greater attention should be given to fair skin. The time of day must also be considered: you should avoid the sun in peak hours. It is essential to reapply sun protection products frequently and generously and they must also be applied in sufficient quantities.

Are your patients not a bit lost when it comes to choosing their sun protection products?

There is a wide range.

The labels on suncare which mention four categories of protection. LowModerateHighVery High. It is necessary to use a broad spectrum covering UVB rays (responsible for sunburns) and UVA rays (which accelerate ageing), indicated by the UVA symbol on pack. Finally, you have to choose the galenic form (cream, fluid cream, gel, etc.) that is best suited to the areas in question and your preferences.

What do you feel are the qualities of good sun protection?

I recommend that... for clothing, you should opt for tightly woven fibres and fabrics in dark colours. For protection products, go for High and Very High protection reapplied regularly. Sunglasses must have CE approval in category 3 and 4. Other characteristics of sun protection products include: good tolerancephotostabilitywater resistance and perspiration resistance. To ensure they are used properly, products must be pleasant and practical.