Summary of the issue

Protecting your skin from the sun

Sun radiation has destructive effects on the skin, ranging from blotchy skin rash (sunburn) to accelerated skin ageing and skin cancers. Sun exposure is the primary cause of skin cancer and the most serious consequence of radiation. However, the risks of heat stroke, sunstroke, photosensitisation and sun allergies should also be taken into account. For all these reasons, it’s recommended to protect your skin from the sun with a sun protection product that filters out the UVA and UVB rays responsible for skin cancer and premature skin ageing. 

Sun protection for children

Because their skin is more fragile and exposure to the sun more frequent, it is imperative to protect children from the sun with clothing and sun cream. And it's never too early to teach them the rules of sun exposure and good habits when out in the sun: a sunburn in childhood can be the cause of skin cancer years later in adulthood.

Protecting your children's skin

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It’s very fluid. After having a sun allergy on the top of my feet and hands, it helped repair my skin without any burning. This very light milk helped speed up the healing process with regular application.

Anne, 44 years

Soothing after sun exposure

Skin exposed to the sun is fragile and even weakened. How to take care of your skin after being out in the sun There are several essential steps to take which have two purposes: protecting you during sun exposure and moisturising afterwards.

Soothing after time in the sun

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For 30 years, Eau Thermale Avène laboratories have been innovating by creating increasingly effective and safe suncare products to protect all sensitive skin types while minimising the impact on the environment. Avene suncare products are formulated with three priorities in mind: safety, efficacy and optimal tolerance, even for the most sensitive skin.

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Protecting your skin in winter

The sun shines all year round, even in winter. While UVB rays decrease at this time of year and becoming less dangerous, this is not the case for UVA rays, which are responsible for skin ageing and some melanomas. This is why it’s important to keep protecting your skin from the sun's rays.


For effective protection against risks from the sun, good sun protection should:

  • Provide a minimum SPF (Sun Protection Factor/UVB protection factor) of 6
  • Provide minimum UVA protection equivalent to 1/3 of the SPF given on the label
  • Cover the longest UVA rays: minimum critical wavelength of 370 nm.

You can then choose your sun protection according to your phototype group, skin type and preference.

Choosing the right sun protection




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Thermal Spring Water to help with sunburn 

Ouch! Haven't applied enough sun cream and your skin is turning red? Quick - take matters into your own hands! Find some shade or put on clothing that effectively protects your skin. Then refresh your skin by applying a damp towel, taking a shower or spraying skin generously with Thermal Spring Water.

Repeat as many times as necessary. Drink plenty of fluids to keep you hydrated and apply a repair cream or gel to soothe your sore skin. If blisters appear, consult your doctor to avoid the risk of infection. 

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Eau Thermale Avène skin care products are designed to protect the skin and respect the oceans.


Eau Thermale Avène - Cleanance Solaire Tinted SPF 50+

Recently, my shoulders and neck have been reacting badly to the sun, so I decided to trust in AVENE with my skin once again. I’m really satisfied: it’s easy to apply because the texture is perfect, plus optimal protection!! If you have reactive, intolerant skin, this is really made for you!

Christelle 46 years

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