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EVERYTHING
YOU NEED TO KNOW
ABOUT THE SUN

UNDERSTAND IT BETTER TO ENJOY IT BETTER.

The sun is what gives energy for life on Earth. It provides us with light, boosts our mood, and is synonymous with holidays and fun. But it can also be dangerous.

25 YEARS OF EXPERTISE

For over 25 years, Eau Thermale Avène has been dedicated to better understanding the sun in order to offer you better protection from it.

A shining star

The ozone layer...

Different layers of the Earth’s atmosphere block the most dangerous types of radiation, and act as a shield to the sun’s most harmful rays. The upper atmospheric layers block radiation such as gamma, cosmic and X-rays, and the Ozone layer blocks UVC rays from reaching the Earth’s surface.

The following rays reach the Earth's surface:

UVB rays
- (280 to 320 nm) are the most dangerous rays that reach the Earth's surface. They have the highest energy and cause the most damage.
- They penetrate just beyond the epidermis (the superficial layer of the skin) and are blocked by glass windows.
- They cause sunburn and contribute to the long-term effects of sun damage (signs of ageing and skin cancer).

UVA rays
- have lower energy than UVB rays but penetrate the skin more deeply.
- They can also travel through glass windows.
- They are responsible for causing sun allergies and can also lead to accelerated skin ageing and skin cancer over the long term.

Visible light
- is picked up by receptors in our eyes and allows us to see.
- It contains all the colors of the rainbow. These range from 390 nm (violet) to 780 nm (red).

Infrared rays
- (780 nm to 1mm) trigger the feeling of heat.

Microwaves and radio waves
- have a longer wavelength (over 1 mm).

Pole Equator
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0 meter 8807 metres
metres
Very covered No clouds
Very covered Covered A few clouds No clouds
Surface reflection
  • Grass 3%
  • Water 5 à 20%
  • Sand 15%
  • Snow 70%
  • Ice 90%
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A shining star

Do you know when, where and how much of the sun's rays can reach you?

BENEFITS OF THE SUN

TAKE A BREAK Feel the warmth of the sun on your skin

BENEFITS OF THE SUN

Travel destinations/ideas for your Summer Holiday:

NSW: Horseback riding: Snowy Mountains. Concert in the vines: Hunter Valley. Summer music festivals in Byron Bay. Camp on Cockatoo Island in the middle of the Sydney Harbour.

VIC: Watch Australian Open tennis: Melbourne. Drive the Great Ocean Road. Visit Hosier Lane in Melbourne to absorb the street art. Hot air balloon over the Yarra Valley.

QLD: Great Barrier Reef trip: from Cairns or Port Douglas. Camel riding on the beach. Bush walks in the Daintree Rainforest in Cairns. Camping on Whitehaven beach. Learn how to paddle board in Noosa.

WA: Swim with whale sharks: Ningaloo Reef. go sandboarding in Western Australia. Hang out with sunbaking kangaroos on Lucky Bay. Take a gourmet tour of Margaret River.

SA: Swim with the dolphins at Vivonne Bay. Spend the day at Barnbougle Dunes golf course. Winery tours in Adelaide Hills. Explore Kangaroo Island.

NT: Go off road with a 4wd adventure through the Kimberley. Explore the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, east of Darwin. Discover the iconic Uluru and the Red Centre. Swim in the wave lagoon in Darwin.

TAS: White water rafting on the rapids of Franklin River. MONA FOMA music festival, held at the MONA gallery, Hobart. Bushwalk in the Walls of Jerusalem National Park. The Taste Festival.

BENEFITS OF THE SUN

Take a break

Feel the warmth of the sun on your skin.

BENEFITS OF THE SUN

Avène's Top 10 Summer Beaches

1. Bondi Beach, Bondi NSW,
2. Turquoise Bay, Coral Coast, WA,
3. Burleigh Heads Beach, Gold Coast, QLD,
4. Apollo Bay, Great Ocean Road, VIC,
5. Mollymook Beach, NSW
6. Whitehaven Beach, Whitsundays QLD,
7. Cable Beach, Broome WA,
8. Wineglass Bay, Tasmania, TAS,
9. Airlie Beach Lagoon, Airlie Beach, QLD,
10. Dreamtime Beach, NSW

Risk of Australian Sun

Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. Skin cancer accounts for over 80% of all new cases of cancer diagnosed in Australia each year*.

* Source: wiki.cancer.org.au

Risks of sun exposure

SUNBURN

Sunburn is also common on cooler or overcast days, as many people mistakenly believe UV radiation is not as strong.

Sun exposure that doesn't result in burning can still cause damage to skin cells and increase your risk of developing skin cancer. Evidence suggests that regular exposure to UV radiation year after year can also lead to skin cancer.

In Australia, 1 in 8 adults and 1 in 5 teenagers are sunburnt on an average summer weekend.
https://www.cancer.org.au/about-cancer/types-of-cancer/skin-cancer.html

Risks of sun exposure

THE SUN'S AGEING EFFECT

Skin exposed to the sun often shows early signs of ageing. The sun causes the appearance of wrinkles and brown spots. The stratum corneum in the epidermis becomes thicker and pigment spots start to appear. UVB rays cause small unsightly brown spots, especially in those with fair skin. These are known as actinic lentigines, solar lentigines, senile lentigines or age spots. UV rays (and UVA in particular) trigger a release of free radicals in the dermis, which contributes to the destruction of collagen and elastic fibers. This leads to the appearance of deep wrinkles in aged skin. The debris from damaged fibers collects in the skin, creating small fatty deposits and a yellowish skin tone.

Risk of sun exposure

Can sunscreen cause skin allergies?

Allergic reactions to sunscreen are usually caused by perfumes and/or preservatives in the product, not the chemicals that filter UV radiation. It is recommended especially if you have not used the product before.
First time and also to different products within a range you may have used in the past.

If you have an allergic reaction to a sunscreen, you should try another brand or speak to your doctor or chemist about choosing another product.
Sunscreens that have titanium dioxide as the main agent are usually suitable for sensitive skin.

Source: https://www.cancercouncil.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Sunscreen-information-sheet_January-2017-version2.pdf

BEAUTY SPOTS

Moles aren't always what they seem... Appearances can be deceiving!

BEAUTY SPOTS (moles)

Self-examination

It only takes 5 steps, which can be done alone in front of a mirror or with the help of a close friend.

Doctor's advice
Check all of your skin every month and have your skin examined by a doctor at least once a year.

Where to examine:

1. Raising your arms check your body from the front, back and sides
2. Check your forearms the top and underneath parts of your arms and the palms of your hands
3. Check the back of your legs, in-between your toes, the soles of your feet and the genital area
4. Check the back of your neck and the scalp, section by section using a hand mirror.
5. Check your lower back and your buttocks.
6. See your doctor if you have the slightest doubt.

BEAUTY SPOTS (moles)

Observe them closely

Benign mark or potential danger?
You should take note of any changes since this could be a sign of skin cancer.

When doing your self-examination, you can easily follow the ABCDE rule.

If you observe one of the following criteria:
- Asymmetry…
- Bumpy edges…
- Colour is uneven…
- Diameter larger than 6 mm…
- Evolution...

Early diagnosis is essential for healing.

- Asymmetry…
A healthy mole is round and symmetrical
- Bumpy edges…
Its edges should be smooth and geometrical
- Colour…
Your mole should only ever be one colour: light or dark brown
- Diameter…
Its diameter should be under 6mm
- Evolution...
A mole should never change in size, shape or colour

Our sun care products:

We are constantly innovating our UVB-UVA protection. Our range of sun care products are the result of 25 years' worth of continuous research.

Our sun care products: a long history

AVÈNE SUN PROTECTION
Dedicated to sensitive skin

Avène Sun Care products offer the highest SPF protection for sensitive skin* by using a unique combination of active ingredients called SunSitive® Protection.

A unique combination for maximum protection

Photoprotection complex
Optimal efficacy, with a minimum of chemical filters to respect sensitive skin
• Broad UVB-UVA protection
• Photostable
• Water-resistant (40 minutes)

PRE-TOCOPHERYL
A photostable Vitamin E precursor

AVÈNE THERMAL SPRING WATER
Rich in Avène’s fabled Thermal Spring Water

*Highest label claim allowed as per AS/NZS 2064:2012; Very High. SPF 50+, Broad Spectrum.

Find out more

Our sun care products: a long history

A Strong commitment to SKIN CANCER PREVENTION

The Eau Thermale Avène brand establishes solidarity-based partnerships with foundations and patient associations in order to provide skin health prevention and education.

Eau Thermale Avène supports The Skin Hospital, a division of Skin & Cancer Foundation Australia.

OUR SKIN PROTECT OCEAN RESPECT INITIATIVE

Take action today,
for the future

An eco-responsible approach with a long-term commitment. Sun care products are a public health matter and also of environmental concern.

We are therefore committed to taking up this dual challenge: to offer optimal UVB-UVA protection while minimising our impact on the environment.

OUR SKIN PROTECT OCEAN RESPECT INITIATIVE

« WE'RE JUST AS CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT'S HAPPENING UNDER THE SURFACE OF OUR OCEANS AS WE ARE ABOUT WHAT'S HAPPENING ON THE SURFACE OF YOUR SKIN...»

OUR SKIN PROTECT OCEAN RESPECT INITIATIVE

A responsible brand

From raw materials to finished product, from formulation to packaging, our Sun Care products meet the highest standards of quality, efficacy and safety.

What does this mean ?
- Ingredients rigorously selected for their safety and efficacy.
- Tests of efficacy and tolerance under dermatological control.
- A voluntary approach to reduce our ecological footprint.
- Grouping of transportation to reduce pollution.
- Post-marketing follow-up on products by our cosmetovigilance department.

In short, these are initiatives that help protect Humankind and the environment.

OUR SKIN PROTECT OCEAN RESPECT INITIATIVE

Since 2013, Eau Thermale Avène has established an exclusive and long-lasting partnership with the European Skin Cancer Foundation, supporting its actions in the fight against skin cancer.

We therefore support:
- The Sun Pass Project : educational training projects in schools and nurseries.
- The Class Project : training of doctors and dermatologists to screen, diagnose and treat melanoma.

We design educational tools:
- Brochures and posters about the harmful effects of the Sun and the right habits to adopt.
- Games books distributed in pharmacies.

Find out more about the ESCF

OUR SKIN PROTECT OCEAN RESPECT INITIATIVE

PUR PROJET

Because corals form the foundations of the oceans...
We have partnered with Pur Projet for a socio-environmental program to restore corals and protect the marine ecosystem.
This project is based in Indonesia and enables us to:

- Create and restore coral reefs.
- Develop sustainable coral aquaculture.
- Involve local populations.

Learn more about PUR PROJET

UV Index

A scale for evaluating the risk caused by UV radiation...

The UV index expresses the intensity of UV radiation when it reaches the Earth's surface.

The higher the UV index, the higher the risk of skin and eye damage.

This varies according to several factors:

- The Sun's position : the higher the position of the Sun in the sky, the more intense the radiation. This varies according to time of day. Intensity peaks between 11 am and 4 pm; this is called “solar noon”.
- Altitude : the higher we are, the more intense UV radiation becomes.
- Latitude : UV radiation intensifies the closer we get to the equator.
- Cloud cover : the denser the cloud cover, the more intense UV radiation becomes.
- Reflection : UV rays are reflected with more or less intensity depending on the surface involved, which emphasises how dangerous they are.
Grass : 3% of UV rays are reflected.
Water : 5% to 20%.
Sand: 15 %.
Snow : 70 %.
Ice : 90 %.

Index UV ?

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EVERYTHING
YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT
THE SUN AND YOUR SKIN

UNDERSTAND SUN SAFETY BETTER TO PROTECT YOURSELF BETTER.

You chase it, you hide from it, you love it and you hate it... In any case, the Sun definitely has an impact on you and your skin.
We often think that as adults we are less sensitive to the sun's rays, but sun damage has no age limit.

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