Pioneering sun protection

My UV Patch, L’Oréal sun protection revolution, has hit the market. Discover how they’ve been a suncare game-changer for 70 years.


If a few years ago someone had told you that some day a blue and white heart-shaped sticker 2.5 cm across would one day help protect you from UV rays, you’d probably have told them they’d been sitting in the sun too long.

Yet that day has arrived: this January the My UV Patch from La Roche-Posay, one of L’Oréal Group’s skin-care brands, was introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Just half the thickness of a strand of hair , about 50 microns , this ultra-thin stretchable sensor contains photosensitive dyes that change colour depending on how much UV radiation it’s exposed to. Snap a picture of it using the accompanying app and it will tell you if you’ve been sitting in the sun too long (without implying that you’re crazy).


But back when the closest thing to a wearable device that could help limit your UV exposure was a pair of sunglasses, L’Oréal was already forging a path towards a bright and sunny future. In 1935, observing that sunkissed skin was now à la mode among French consumers, the group’s founder Eugène Schueller developed and launched Ambre Solaire: the world’ s first sun protection oil, the only tanning oil to contain a sun filter. It was soon a must-have product for French beach-goers enjoying their very first paid vacation in the summer of 1936.


From a protection oil to a wearable electronic patch… Could anyone have imagined that this would be the story of suncare? 80 years of innovation spearheaded by L’Oréal



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There are a few things in this world that never mix well: diets and French fries, happy hour and texting your ex, and until now, oil and self-tanner. Although oil usually breaks down DHA (the coloring agent in self-tanner), St. Tropez, the gold (er, bronze) standard of sunless tanning, has done the unthinkable by combining the two notoriously incompatible ingredients in a cutting-edge new body bronzer. With the latest technology, this elixir conditions skin, leaving it hydrated and supple, while delivering a healthy tan. Below we break down the breakthrough self-tanner.


St. Tropez Self Tan Luze Dry Oil for Body

A lightweight self tan oil formulated specifically for the face. this brazilian inspired, non greasy luxe facial oil is the most luxurious tan yet for the ultimate natural looking sunkissed glow. it lasts up to seven days, contains a 100 percent natural tanning agent suitable for all skintones, and features a 100 percent natural fragrance for no telltale self tan aroma. ultra hydrating and easy to apply.

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The Formula,

This refined dry oil—which took two years to perfect—sinks into skin without a trace of greasy residue. With a unique emulsification process that blends oil and water in a single phase, this self-tanner formula ensures an even distribution of DHA and hydrating oils for a uniform glow.

The Benefits,

Packed with conditioning Brazilian nut oil, this advanced bronzing elixir quenches thirsty skin for up to a week. The paraben, sulphate, and phthalate-free solution is also loaded with protective antioxidants like vitamin A and E that shield skin from free radical damage.

The Scent,

Spiked with a trio of essential oils, this self-tanner leaves behind the fresh fragrance of neroli, lemongrass, and grapefruit.

The Tan,

With a 100-percent natural DHA, this lavish formula produces natural-looking color that lasts up to ten days. Plus, the formula is flecked with bronze pigments for an instant sheen that helps guide color application.

The Aplication,

After exfoliating, buff this luxurious oil into skin with the St. Tropez Tan Applicator Mitt for lasting moisture and streak-free color.

The Tip-Off,

Accentuate your tan by dabbing a shimmery highlighter onto your cheekbones, collarbone, and shoulders for a dewy, back-from-the-beach radiance.



Happy Tanning!!


 Lancaster Sun Timer App


Lancaster has launched an app designed to help consumers remember to reapply their sunscreen.

You don’t have to be a factor 50-wearing ginger to need Lancaster’s Sun Timer app. The sun takes no prisoners. If you don’t respect it, you’ll frazzle. The Sun Timer app monitors users levels of sun exposure and recommends when to reapply SPF using a specifically developed timer. This app that works worldwide, lets you indicate your location, SPF level and how you typically tan based on your skin type, and provides you with an ideal exposure time.


When that time runs out, the app will notify you to remind you to reapply your sun cream or find shade. If you plan on sunbathing, Sun Timer is an essential companion.

After applying lotion, the user is shown a timer counting down to their next application. An alarm and pop-up message alert the user when they need to reapply sunscreen. When the user has reached their maximum level of sun exposure, the app will advise them to go indoors to reduce their risk of burning.


Lancaster’s app differs from other similar offerings that measure the user’s exposure based on the number of hours individuals should be in the sun before reapplication. This new app uses an algorithm based on dynamic sun intensity determined every minute and the real SPF of the sun product applied. The Lancaster Sun Timer App is able to calculate exposure levels on an individual basis.

The app will be available to download for free on IOS and Android devices later this month and is said to work almost anywhere in the world. Users will also be able to scan a QR code to download the app directly.



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Did you know that more than 80% of visible changes commonly attributed to skin aging are caused by the sun? The sun’s harmful rays, coupled with environmental assaults, can cause immediate stress upon the skin, dryness, burning, redness, and trigger premature aging. UVB rays produce immediate damage and discomfort in the form of burning. UVA rays, the ‘aging’ rays, deeply penetrate the skin creating extreme reactive free radicals that attack the lipids of the cell membrane and are responsible for long-term damage that shows up as aging signs.

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La Prairie launches Cellular Swiss UV Protection Veil SPF 50, a new protection from UV rays with a luxuriously light texture. With high protection in the UVA and UVB ranges combined with Swiss Noble Edelweiss and Swiss Glacier Water, the sun cream provides strong coverage from the sun and powerful anti-oxidant defense.

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La Prairie launches Cellular Swiss UV Protection Veil SPF 50

Fortified with Smart Crystal White, a licorice-based herbal brightening formula exclusively designed for La Prairie in an advanced delivery system, Cellular Swiss UV Protection Veil SPF 50 inhibits melanin production, improves skin clarity, reduces dullness, and evens skin tone.

Apply the sun cream daily on top of a moisturizer, or serum. Use fingertips, smooth over face and neck. Allow to absorb completely prior to foundation application. If exposed to consistent sun during the day, do touch-ups.

Come into the beautiful world of La Prairie.





L’Oréal unveils My UV Patch skin sensor — which measures sun exposure

L’Oréal is breaking into the wearable electronics game with a stretchable skin sensor that tells wearers exactly how much UV exposure they’re getting.


The My UV Patch from La Roche-Posay, one of L’Oréal Group’s skin-care brands, was unveiled Wednesday at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas by Guive Balooch, global vice president of L’Oréal Technology Incubator.

I won’t tell you there’s nothing on the market that measures UV. A number of bracelets and wristbands have come out, but I think the challenge is that they’re only on your wrist, and you can’t apply product on them.

Guive Balooch

It’s basically a very thin sticker, half the thickness of a strand of hair, so that ‘when you apply it, it becomes like a second skin. L’Oréal’s patch can be put anywhere on exposed skin and you can apply sunscreen over it. A heart on the sticker is made up of 16 different boxes that change color when exposed to UV rays. It works with a mobile app; when wearers are ready for a UV reading, they take a photo of the heart and upload it.


Of course, you could argue that a user could skip the app and simply look at the heart’s changing colors to get a sense of how much sun they’re getting, but Balooch says plugging the photo into the app gives readers an exact reading, plus it tells you when you’re getting the most UV exposure — maybe on your walk to work, or a mid-morning coffee run, for example. That way, you know when you need to be more vigilant about sun protection.

We give you information about your behavior and the idea is that this information will help you take preventative measures in the future

Guive Balooch

So he doesn’t expect people to wear the patch forever, just until they learn about their own UV exposure. The patch is disposable and can be worn for up to five days.


L’Oréal teamed up with PCH, a design engineering firm, to create the sensor, which is stretchable thanks to five super-thin layers.

The La Roche-Posay My UV Patch and the corresponding app are still in their beta phase, but L’Oréal plans to provide them for free to customers later this year.





Holy Grail: Sisley Super Soin Solaire Sun Collection

Sisley is one of my favorite skincare brands. The have some real amazing products! Some true Holy Grails! Like there suncare, and now the are launching a new collection, which comprises four high-quality prestige sun care products.

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The Sisley Super Soin Solaire Collection is dubbed “a youth protector,” which refers to its ability to protect your skin from sun-induced aging and formation of wrinkles, dark spots, loss of firmness, and dehydration. The product from this high-end skin care range provide both UVA and UVB protection, while their carefully selected active ingredients provide multi-level protective action. Vitamin E acetate and Edelweiss extract are chosen for their unbeaten anti-oxidative action. The Edelweiss extract and Camellia oil strengthen the skin’s protective barrier, while the Edelweiss extract on its own, works on the cellular level to preserve skin cells from harmful radiation.


All products from Sisley’s Super Soin Solaire Sun Collection feature a comfortable, hydrating formula that keeps skin from drying out. The nourishing oils of shea, camellia, and mango are added to help restore suppleness and moisture to the skin.

Sisley Super Soin Solaire Facial Sun Care SPF 15 is developed to provide UVA and UVB protection for consumers with tanned, olive, or sun-tolerant skin. The product offers medium-level protection against photo aging and keeps the skin well moisturized during the hot summer months. This facial cream is lightweight and non-greasy, it absorbs instantly, and is resistant to sweat and water. Naturally scented with essential oils of Sage and Marjoram. A 60ml tube retails at £131.00.

Sisley Super Soin Solaire Facial Sun Care SPF 50 is also a facial sunscreen, only aimed at those with very fair or extremely sun-sensitive skin requiring a very high degree of protection. This fluid, silky cream provides a high level of protection from both UVA and UVB filters, it is water resistant and redolent of Sage and Marjoram. A 40ml tube of this product retails at £109.00.


Sisley Super Soin Solaire Facial Sun Care SPF 50, Perfect! In every sense! Use it as a daycream! Sisley Super Soin Solaire Milky Body Mist Sun Care SPF 30, for me the perfect body suncare! Soo easy to use and aply! I can also recommend it to èvery men! Smooth or hairy body, it doesn’t matter!! I promise, a lot more men would use suncare!! (Click photo to enlarge)

Sisley Super Soin Solaire Silky Body Oil Sun Care SPF 15 is an true classic! An oil-based sunscreen for consumers with darker and sun-tolerant skin. It protects the skin against sun and photo-aging, caused by both UVA and UVB rays, while leaving the skin satiny soft and gradually revealing radiant tan. The product comes in a multi-directional spray bottle, which ensures easy and uniform distribution of the formula. Perfect also for men, with more hairy body. Naturally scented with essential oils of Lavender and Geranium. The 150ml bottle retails at £83.00.

Sisley Super Soin Solaire Milky Body Mist Sun Care SPF 30 provides much needed protection against UVA and UVB rays during initial exposure to the sun. The product is ideal for those with fair or sun-intolerant skin, who require a high level of protection. It also features a multi-dimensional spray bottle and smells Lavender and Geranium. A 150ml bottle retails at £83.00.

Wishing you a beautiful summer!

by Jean Amr

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Sun Defense Stick for Face SPF 50

Heatwave is here! I saw a lot of red faces around this weeks so far. Did you use your sunscreen?

The house of Elizabeth Arden has just launched its new Eight Hour Cream Sun Defense Stick for Face SPF 50, a targeted skin care treatment aimed at protecting the most sensitive, over-exposed areas of the face from sun-induced damage.

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I don’t know about you, but I’m highly unlikely to drag a full bottle of sunscreen around in my bag unless I’m actually on holiday and heading to the beach. Although I use SPF, it’s always the accidental sun that catches me out. I don’t easily burn, but we’ve all had the ‘nose redder than the rest of your face’ incident, I bet! And those catchy bits on the top of the shoulders? Far too easily done.

The Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Sun Defense Stick for Face SPF 50 provides the highest level of protection from burning and age-inducing damage caused by both UVA and UVB rays. This conveniently packed stick sunscreen should be used on lips, nose, earlobes, and even scars, to prevent any surface cell damage and premature signs of aging. The stick is small enough to fit into even the tiniest bags or pockets, so you can carry it around this summer, no matter where you go!

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In addition to sun protection, the Eight Hour Cream Sun Defense Stick also brings moisturizing benefits, it soothes and smooth skin for up to 8 hours. The formula is water and perspiration resistant, free from oils, parabens, non-acnegenic, and non-sticky.

For men and women, young or old, thick or thin, green or purple, Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Sun Defense Stick for Face SPF 50 is perfect for everyone in the family, can be used on all types of skin, including the vèry sensitive ones. The product should be applied liberally and evenly to targeted areas 30 minutes before sun exposure and as needed. If you go swimming, playing in or around the water, or if you sweat a lot, make sure to reapply it after 40 minutes. Reapply immediately after toweling. It’s just right, really and great for lips, eye area , nose ,  ears etc. No red faces in other words.

Notice: Use it as a daily lipcare! Use it around the eyes, but…. don’t use it to close around the eys. Follow the bone structure, like eyecream. Use it on holidays instead of eyecream. Easy as that!

I love this product, for me it’s on my Holy Grail list. Why? Because of its texture, it’s high protection, it’s package, it’s size (sometimes size matters!) and for me very important: It goes on clear and really doesn’t need blending, and most important: it stays ‘in place’. When it is very hot, and when a cream is ‘absorbed’, many times ‘it goes running’. And most of the time to the eyes. Result: tearing eyes. ‘Till now: after visiting Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and India, the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Sun Defense Stick for Face SPF 50 never did! …and has the Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of Recommendation.

by Jean Amr

What You Don’t Know About Sunscreen Can Hurt You; Dermatologist Drs. Joshua L. Fox Provide Tips for Summer Skin Safety


Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Yet despite the well-documented and well-publicized association between sun exposure and skin cancer, only 30% of adults report that they apply sunscreen when exposed to the sun. Among teenagers who are outside for more than an hour on a sunny day, only 14% of girls and 7% of boys regularly use sunscreen.

This data is extremely disappointing. The vast majority of skin cancers are caused by exposure to the sun. And despite the widespread promotion of best practices for prevention, the incidence of melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, has been increasing for thirty years. We can’t prevent all sun exposure but there are simple steps we can take to minimize the risk.

Drs. Joshua L. Fox, Medical Director of Advanced Dermatology P.C.

Everyone knows the basics of skin protection – stay out of the sun between 10:00am and 4:00pm, wear a hat and other protective clothing, and use sunscreen. But there are hundreds of brands and varieties of sunscreens, not to mention the confusion caused by SPF ratings and advertising claims. Dr. Fox sorts through the issues and answers your questions about sunscreen:

Why is sunscreen so important? Does everyone need it? All the time?
Ultraviolet radiation from the sun is a known cause of skin cancer. Two types of rays, UVA and UVB, damage DNA in ways that cause cells to grow out of control and become cancerous. Sunscreen serves an important protective function by blocking or absorbing ultraviolet rays. It should be used by everyone – dark-skinned as well as fair-skinned people – all year round, even on overcast days, when as much as 80% of the sun’s rays pass through the clouds.

What about SPF ratings? What do I need?
The sun protection factor (SPF) rating is a measure of how long it will take for protected skin to burn compared to unprotected skin. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher for everyday activity and SPF 30 or higher for intense or prolonged exposure. Individuals with higher-than-average risk – those with a personal or family history of skin cancer and those with particularly fair skin and hair – can get some additional protection from SPF factors up to 50. According to the Food and Drug Administration, there is no evidence of additional protection above SPF 50.

Children are even more vulnerable to sun damage than adults. A blistering sunburn in childhood or adolescence more than doubles the risk of developing melanoma later in life.

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Is there anything else I should look for on the sunscreen label?
SPF is a measure of protection from UVB rays. To be protected from UVA as well, it’s important to choose a sunscreen labeled ‘broad spectrum’, which offers protection from both types of radiation.

How – and how often – should sunscreen be applied?
Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside to give the skin a chance to absorb it. Reapply at least every two hours and immediately after swimming or sweating. Use about an ounce – the amount in a shot glass – to cover all exposed skin and pay particular attention to the more delicate skin on the face. Every time you apply sunscreen, also apply lip balm with SPF of 30 or above. And don’t depend on cosmetics or facial moisturizer for protection from prolonged exposure.

Is last year’s sunscreen still effective?
Sunscreen is generally effective for two to three years. Check the expiration date on the container. Store it in a cool place.

Sunscreen is a key element of a sun protection program, but it isn’t enough. You should stay out of the sun when rays are strongest, cover up with clothing and a wide-brimmed hat, and wear UV-blocking sunglasses. With some common sense precautions, you can enjoy all the pleasures of the great outdoors.

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What about babies?
Children are even more vulnerable to sun damage than adults. A blistering sunburn in childhood or adolescence more than doubles the risk of developing melanoma later in life. Infants under six months old should be kept out of the sun entirely and well protected with a hat and clothing anytime they are outdoors. For babies older than six months, use sunscreen with SPF of 15 or higher, 30 or higher if they spend a lot of time outdoors or are fair-skinned.

Are sunscreen sticks effective? The new drinkable sunscreen?
Sticks are fine and particularly convenient for children. They offer another choice along with lotions, creams, gels and sprays. Drinkable sunscreen, on the other hand, should be avoided! It purports to have ingredients that ward off UV rays and prevent them from penetrating the skin. There is no research or evidence to support the claims and dermatologists recommend against using it.


About Joshua L. Fox, M.D., F.A.A.D.

Joshua L. Fox, M.D., F.A.A.D., is the founder and medical director at Advanced Dermatology P.C. He is a leading authority in the field of dermatology with expertise in skin cancer, cosmetic surgery and laser procedures and is program director of a fellowship in laser and cosmetic surgery. Come int the beautiful world of  Drs Joshua L. Fox

Advanced Dermatology P.C. and the Center for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery (New York & New Jersey) is one of the leading dermatology centers in the nation, offering highly experienced physicians in the fields of cosmetic and laser dermatology as well as plastic surgery and state-of-the-art medical technologies. Come into the beautiful world of Advanced Dermatology P.C.





Stay safe in the sun this summer with Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense



Kiehl’s ultra Light formula intensely moisturizes your skin and utilizes a high level of sun filters Mexoryl SX and Mexoryl XL to provide skin with effective UVA and UVB broad-spectrum sunscreen protection.

This moisturizing, oil-free and dual-protection lotion helps protect against the appeareance of dark spots, freckles, wrinkles, ans akin darkening, while also protecting against premature aging.

Use Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense alone or with a serum, instead of your daycream. I really love this product as despite the high SPF it doesn’t leave a chalky, white residue that many other high SPF cream do. It has a nice, light texture which sinks well into the skin and it makes a perfect base for make up. You only need a small amount so a tube will last you for a while.

Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense is available in a handy 60ml tube at Kiehl’s boutiques and selected stores worldwide. Come in the beautiful world of Kiehl’s.





The sun skincare line by Michael Kors

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Gilded packaging, replenishing luxe ingredients and exotic scents make the Kors suncare line a holiday must-pack.

The line features an after sun lip balm – a hydrating formula that soothes and conditions sun-chapped lips, leaving a hint of translucent shimmer. A self-tanner ­– giving skin a natural golden shade that intensifies within the hour, the buildable coverage lasts for days and the cream is lightly fragranced with orange flower, mandarin, cassis, jasmine, musk, sandalwood, patchouli and moss. Finally a luxe after-sun gel that instantly hydrates sun-parched skin with a refreshing sensation and can be applied anywhere for instant soothing after stepping out of the sun.