Updated 28 November 2016

Understanding your sunscreen

IN PARTNERSHIP: Do you use sunscreen daily? Here's what it does for your skin.


Every day our skins are under attack from UVA, UVB, infrared and visible rays when exposed to the sun. While sunscreen protects our skin from the damage caused by UVA and UVB rays, we still know very little about the impact of infrared and visible rays and the damage they may cause to our bodies.

Previously, when you considered buying a sunscreen, you would only evaluate the photo-protective agents (filters) against ultraviolet radiation. Today, thanks to the clinical studies done by Avène, we know that 50 percent of oxidative stress to the skin caused by the sun is due to visible and infrared radiation.

Therefore it’s essential to ensure your sunscreen provides long-lasting anti-radical protection. These specific types of radiation have been proven to accelerate skin ageing, and a powerful antioxidant is vital to protect cells from the harmful effects of the sun.

The Radical Protection factor in Avène’s suncare products has been evaluated and shown to provide excellent anti-radical protection against visible and infrared radiation.

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When should I use a mineral sunscreen?

If you suffer from hypersensitive skin, you may not be able to use conventional sunscreens as your skin could negatively react to the active ingredients. Mineral filters are less aggressive on hypersensitive or very fair skin that tends to burn easily.

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SPF 50+ Mineral Cream

  • No chemical filters
  • Very high sun protection for intolerant or fragile facial skin 
  • Water-resistant 
  • Broad-spectrum UVA-UVB protection
  • Photostable
  • Paraben-free
  • Fragrance-free 

Sources: Meinke et al. Radical protection by differently composed creams in the UV/VIS and IR spectral ranges. Photochem Photobiol. 2013 Sept-Oct, 89(5): 1079-84; Evaluation of the antioxidant effectiveness of Avène 50+ in vitro. Charité Hospital – Berlin