Should I use sunscreen in town?

In addition to summer sunbathing sessions, should you protect your skin from the sun in an urban environment at any time of the year? Experts answer once and for all this question that divides city dwellers.

The season for lunches on the terrace and open-air aperitifs in full. Two camps oppose each year: those that love to expose their naked face to the sun, and those that can’t do without sunscreen. What do the experts think? “UV rays don’t just appear on the beach when you lie on a towel! Whenever there is light, parts of our body that are not covered are attacked by UV rays “, warns Dr. Sylvie Peres, dermatologist and co-founder of the Alaena cosmetics brand,” UVA and UVB rays are not only carcinogenic, but at the same time generate oxidizing agents that damage our skin and accelerate skin aging. “

Whether you live in Paris, on the Cote d’Azur or in Brittany, the harmful effects on your skin are the same for everyone. “In the city, in the countryside, on the beach or in the mountains, the sun reaches us in the same way,” also recalls dermatologist Dermato Drey, author of the book Make yourself at ease with your skin: pimples, acne, scars … all the right solutions (ed. Larousse). Regarding the SPF protection factor to choose from, “it’s not just a matter of geographic location, but a set of several other factors: phototype, exposure time, and daily UV index,” says the specialist. As the sun rises every day of the year, its glow does not end with the end of the summer vacation. Hence the need to wear sunscreen in fall, spring and maybe even winter depending on the region.

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“The best anti-wrinkle”

A cloudy sky, a cool wind or a weak feeling of warmth can dissuade us from using sunscreen. When the sky is cloudy, you might think there is less sun. “Of course, the brightness is less visible to the naked eye, but we still receive the same amount of UV rays. That’s why you can still get burned, warns Dermato Drey.

To avoid this, the simplest solution is to choose “very tight sunscreen” areas that are exposed to daily life, such as the face, neck, cleavage and hands. It is the ultimate anti-wrinkle product, “says Dr. Sylvie Peres, recalling that” UV-induced photoaging, in addition to wrinkles, causes the skin to lose its radiance and transparency. ” This is due to dilated vessels and an endless amount of pigmented microplates which blur the complexion.

Innovative formulas

Contrary to popular belief, not all sunscreen creams are greasy, thick and do not systematically leave white marks on the skin. Since the late 1990s and early 2000s, the cosmetics industry has been innovating by introducing new formulas that are easier to apply and more convenient, almost imperceptible galenics. Today, pharmacies offer SPF creams suitable for all skin types, in particular products specially designed for the urban lifestyle. Smooth, matte texture for oily skin, richer and more moisturizing for dry skin, with active ingredients for anti-wrinkle, anti-pollution, redness and blemishes… These hybrid skincare products adapt to all needs. They are even available in a pocket format and handy chopsticks to take anywhere.

Should you give up your regular face cream? Experts agree that under certain conditions, SPF treatment is sufficient. “SPF cream can be applied after or instead of day cream if it contains moisturizing and antioxidant active ingredients. You have to be careful to renew the application every two hours if sun exposure continues, ”recalls Dr. Peres.

Dermato Drey offers another simplified skincare routine: “There are 3-in-1 treatments, toning, moisturizing and sun protection. The advantage is that they avoid interactions, overlapping of products, each of which contains different preservatives. This reduces the risk of intolerance, ”he says. However, for those who don’t want to give up their day cream, it’s better to apply it first and then apply a sunscreen.

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Finally, makeup is not prohibited as long as it is well applied over the sunscreen. “Make-up, especially powders and mineral foundations, often contain pigments that are also filters, such as titanium, zinc, mica and iron. They act like tiny mirrors that reflect the UV radiation. However, we need to be vigilant as the SPF is generally low, ‘says Dr Sylvie Peres. Especially since the SPF protection factor displayed on the product must correspond to a dose of 2 mg per cm² of skin to be optimal. “You never apply so much foundation to your skin, otherwise it would have an ultra-thick plaster effect,” adds Dermato Drey, “so even if the product advertises on an SPF20 or 30 package, you need to know that the actual protection will not be that high.” So for your lamps!

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