The effects the sun has on your skin
Sunlight is made up of many different properties but the two that cause sun damaged skin are UVA and UVB rays.
There are approximately 500 times more UVA rays in sunlight than UVB rays. And, as UVA rays can penetrate deep into the dermis (the thickest part of your skin) they play a bigger role in the premature ageing and wrinkling of the skin.
UVB rays aren’t able to penetrate through the thicker lays of the skin, so instead, they attack the upper layers of the skin, which results in sunburn.
Even on cloudy and overcast days UVA and UVB are present. So, it’s important that you include an SPF protection into your daily skincare regime to prevent things like sun damage wrinkles appearing. Pay particular attention to your face, as this is one part of the body that is constantly exposed to the sun’s radiation.
How to avoid sun-damaged skin
During the warmer summer months, you tend to expose more of your skin to the sun - especially if you’re lazing about outside!
Depending on your skin tone and type, even as little as 10-15 minutes in the midday sun can cause your skin to burn. So, to protect your skin from the nasty side effects that come with sun damaged skin, use an SPF protection that is specially formulated to care for the unique skin concerns of your body and face.
Sun protection for your face and body
As well as getting more sun exposure, the skin on your face is thinner than the rest of the skin covering your body. Plus, it tends to be oilier, so when choosing an SPF sun care product, look for one that is specifically formulated for facial sun protection. We recommend using Capital Soleil Anti-Ageing 3 in 1 SPF 50 for your face. Enriched with natural origin antioxidants including black tea, Vitamin C and Vichy’s innovative Mineralizing Thermal Water, Capital Soleil Anti-Ageing 3 in 1 SPF 50 offers high SPF protective coverage for your face while also covering the visible signs of ageing.
For more oily, blemish prone skin try using Capital Soleil Mattifying 3 in 1 SPF 50 for your face. Enriched with natural origin antioxidants, green clay, bifidus extract and Vichy’s Mineralizing Thermal Water, Capital Soleil Mattifying 3 in 1 SPF 50 offers high SPF protection while absorbing and controlling daily shine.
For a high protection coverage for your body, choose from Vichy’s Capital Soleil Range. Capital Soleil offers a range of formats depending on your preference from sprays, mists and creams with expert dermatological protection.
A water-resistant sun cream for all the family, try Capital Soleil Fresh Protective Milk that comes in SPF 30 or SPF 50. Or if you prefer a mist format, try Capital Soleil Invisible Hydrating Mist SPF 50.
If you’re looking for an all-over light sun care protection with a high SPF protection, consider using Capital Soleil Solar Waters for your body and face. Available in SPF factor 30 and SPF factor 50 with three different types: Anti-oxidant, Enhanced Tanning and Hydrating - choose the one that suits your unique skin needs.
Formulated with broad-spectrum UVA and UVB filters to help protect against reflect the sun’s harmful rays and enriched with Vichy’s Mineralizing Thermal Water, Capital Soleil is amazing at keeping your skin protected and hydrated.
What else can you do?
As well as applying a high factor SPF coverage to your skin, there are other things you can do to minimise the effects of the sun on your skin. These include avoiding going out during the hours when the sun is at its peak - 12 to 3pm, or if you must go out during these times, ensure exposed skin is covered and that you wear a sun hat.
Also, drinking plenty of water throughout the day to keep your skin hydrated - it’s recommended that you drink at least two litres of water a day and more in hotter temperatures.
Your sun care regime shouldn’t stop once the sun has set. It’s just as equally as important to care for your skin after a day in the sun, as it is when it’s exposed to the sun.
Use Capital Soleil After Sun products to instantly soothe and protect your skin from sun exposure. And, don’t forget to give your skin a concentrated dose of hydration using Vichy Minéral 89 or Aqualia Thermal - Vichy’s expert range for daily hydration.
To treat your body and face to SPF protection all year round, shop the full Capital Soleil range