I have sensitive skin. Can I use a scrub?
Yes, but don't overdo it. Once a week or even once every two weeks is enough.
Use a scrub that is velvety-smooth and gentle at the same time.
Why use a body scrub before a self-tanner?
Self-tanners only act on the uppermost layer of your skin. The more dead cells there are, the less even the colour will be. With a scrub, your skin becomes smooth and clear, for perfectly even tanning.
Should I use a scrub before spending time in the sun?
Yes, because the smoother your skin is, the more even your tan will be. And for a perfect tan, remember to apply sun protection that is adapted to your skin type.
Should I use the same moisturiser all year round?
Yes, if it really suits you. No, if you feel that at certain periods your skin feels uncomfortable.
For instance, in dryer climates, choose a more replenishing treatment, and a cream cleansing milk instead of a traditional cleansing milk.
When's the best time of day to moisturise my body?
Preferably right after your shower or bath as hot water tends to dry out your skin.
Can I really get dressed right after applying a moisturising treatment?
Yes, absolutely, if you use an instant penetrating treatment. You can even slip your tights on without waiting.
What is SPF?
SPF referes to Sun Protection Factor, which indicates how efficient a sunscreen is in protecting the skin from sunburn.
Sunscreen gradually wears off when it comes into contact with water, sand and sweat. Plus, its effectiveness wears off over time even without contact with these elements. In order to ensure your skin is properly protected for the entire time you spend in the sun, be sure to reapply your sunscreen at least once every two hours, if not every hour.
What is the UV Index?
The UV Index is an universal scale that indicates the intensity of ultraviolet radiation and the possible health risks involved at around solar noon. The main factors that lead to variations in the UV Index include geographical location (latitude and altitude), the date, cloud cover and thickness of the ozone layer.
The UV Index was developed by a Canadian team in the early 1990's. It is now used as a reference in World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines to inform people of the risks linked to overexposure to the sun. Certain national bodies have adopted slightly different terms to qualify the various UV levels.
UV Index: Level of risk
7-8: Very high
9 +: Extreme
How do you figure out when solar noon is?
Place a stick on the ground vertically, making sure the surface is perfectly horizontal. Solar noon occurs when the shadow is shortest.
Can you spend time in the sun with a day cream that contains SPF?
No. Sunscreen only guarantees UV protection if it is reapplied at least once every two hours, if not every hour. You only apply your day cream once a day, therefore it can by no means be a substitute for regular sunscreens.
What's the difference between the SPF in Lancôme products and SPF in other brands?
SPF (Sunscreen Protection Factor) indicates how efficient a sunscreen is in protecting the skin from sunburn - regardless of the brand. However, Lancôme incorporates a specific anti-UVA and anti-UVB filtering system (Mexoryl SX + Mexoryl XL) in its suncare products, which also protects the skin from premature ageing.
Should pregnant women stay out of the sun?
When a woman is pregnant or undergoing hormonal changes (e.g. during menopause) her skin is more sensitive to the sun.
So, it's best to avoid spending time in the sun because it could lead to the onset of unsightly dark spots (called a "pregnancy mask") that may persist for several years, especially on the face area. We strongly recommend using products with an extremely high SPF (SPF 50 or 50+). Be sure to reapply the product at least once every two hours, if not every hour.
What exactly is the tanning process?
The skin has a natural anti-sun defence system. When exposed to the sun, the skin produces a pigment (melanin). When brown, it serves as a protective barrier. This is what happens in darker skin. But when red, it provides very little protection. This is what happens in fairer skin.
Nevertheless, for all skin tones it takes a certain amount of time for the skin to produce this "protective shield", which is why it is essential to protect your skin carefully at the start of your holiday in the sun. But remember that a tan is not a foolproof UV shield - especially when it comes to UVA. Therefore, be sure to continue to protect your skin even when you have achieved a great tan.
Can I use my sunscreen on top of my usual day cream?
Yes. Based on your skin's specific needs, either use your sunscreen alone or along with your usual day care. Simply apply your day care product first, and then finish with the sunscreen.
When a product is labelled "water-resistant or waterproof", does this mean that it offers longer-lasting protection?
This label means that most of the product's filtering properties remain effective when you go for a swim or get into contact with water. However, its effectiveness diminishes when it rubs against sand or after a high-pressure shower. Therefore be sure to reapply your sunscreen regularly, especially after each swim.
Are self-tanning products good for the skin?
Yes, in that they leave your skin with a perfect tan without sun exposure. It's the ideal product for those who want a great golden tan all year round without having to resort to sun beds, which cause premature skin ageing.
However, self-tanners only tint the skin. They offer no UV protection. Therefore it is essential to use sunscreen before spending time in the sun.