of sun damage to the skin occurs before we are 18 years¹


of UVB rays are absorbed by the epidermis²


in 3 cancers is skin cancer³

  1. Wakefield, Bonett, Med J Aus, 1990; Marks, Jolley, Kectsas, Foley, Med J Aus, 1990
  2. Photodermatoses and photoprotection, Michel Jeanmougin

The sun is a constant soothing presence and a source of well-being in our lives. The star of the sun, 109 times bigger than the Earth, provides the energy and light necessary for life on Earth: via photosynthesis for plants, and vitamin D for us humans.

The sun reaches us through the sun's rays, especially UV rays, which make up more than half of the solar spectrum. These rays are the ones that come into contact with our skin, whether for better (healthy complexion, clearing up some skin diseases) or worse (sunburn, skin ageing, allergies, increased risk of skin cancer, acne worsening, and more).

There are good and bad things about the sun, which is why we should practice moderation and why sun exposure and sun protection should go hand in hand. It’s important to know the rules of sun exposure and good practices to adopt from a young age in order to enjoy the benefits of the sun in complete safety. Sun protection, be it clothing or a high factor sun cream, is the only way to protect your precious ability to resist sun damage. Remember, you only have one chance!


The low down

Protecting our future

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The benefits of and the damage the sun does to your skin

Sun and allergies, sun spots, sun damage, sun and treatments, skin aging, etc. The
most complete catalogue available of the effects of sun exposure on the skin, from the most
anecdotal (sunburn) to the most serious (skin cancer). Repeated and intense exposure
of certain parts of the body to the sun appears to be a factor in the development of
melanoma, one of the most serious forms of skin cancer.

Discovering the benefits and dangers of the sun
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Protecting the skin

Know the rules of sun exposure to protect your skin in every environment: whether in the city or during the winter,
soothe your skin after being out in the sun. All the things you need to know to keep you and your children's
skin safe from the sun. For 30 years, the Eau Thermale Avène laboratories have been innovating by creating
increasingly effective sun care products with optimal tolerance to protect all sensitive skin types.

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Minimizing our impact on the oceans

Awareness of the impact that sunscreens have on the oceans and coral has led us to review our formulas in a pioneering move. Protecting sensitive skin while minimizing the impact on the environment: this is the dual commitment of Eau Thermale Avène.




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

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This ultra-broad-spectrum sun care product meets the highest requirements for the skin while minimising our impact on the environment.
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