How to choose your sunscreen?

Comment choisir sa crème solaire ?

Summer is finally here, and with it sunny days and beach vacations. But before enjoying the sun, it's important to protect your skin from UV rays. Wondering how to choose the right sunscreen? NUXE guides you to find the most suitable protection and enjoy the summer in complete safety.

3 criteria for choosing the right sun cream


When it comes to choosing a sun cream, the main question concerns the SPF (Sun Protection Factor). This protection factor indicates a product's ability to filter the sun's rays. The higher the SPF, the greater the protection:


  • SPF 10 low sun protection;

  • SPF 15, 20 or 25 medium protection;

  • SPF 30 or 50 High protection;

  • SPF 50+: HIGH PROTECTION Very high protection.


Before choosing your sun care product, you need to take into account your phototype, the amount of sunshine and the spectrum of protection.

What's your phototype?


Phototype is a classification of skin according to its sensitivity to the sun. There are six different phototypes:


  • Phototype 1 Very fair skin, blond or red hair, light eyes, very freckled, never tans, always gets sunburned.

  • Phototype 2 fair skin, blond or chestnut hair, light eyes, many freckles, sometimes acquires a light tan, often sunburns.

  • Phototype 3 : fair to matte skin, blond or chestnut hair, brown eyes, a few freckles that appear with the sun, sunburn possible.

  • Phototype 4 matte skin, chestnut or brown hair, dark brown eyes, rare sunburn, always tans.

  • Phototype 5 brown skin, black hair, dark brown eyes, very rare sunburn, always tans.

  • Phototype 6 black skin, black hair, dark brown eyes, no sunburn.

Adopt protection adapted to the sun's rays


Once you know your phototype, identify the strength of the sun's rays at the moment of exposure. In fact, phototype 3 skin may need a protection factor of 30 in some cases, or 50 in others. Sun exposure can be :


  • Moderate (day spent outdoors) ;

  • Significant Relaxing on the beach, extended outdoor activities;

  • Extreme skiing, vacations in tropical areas.

Protection against UVA and UVB, a must


UVA and UVB rays are invisible, but both pose a danger to the skin. UVB rays are responsible for sunburns and brown spots. UVA rays penetrate deep into the skin and can cause long-term damage, including premature aging. So it's essential to choose a sunscreen with broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection. 

What advice do you have to protect your skin in the sun?


In addition to choosing the right sun cream, it's important to follow public health recommendations to protect your skin from the sun. To do this properly, remember to :


  • Avoid exposure between 12pm and 4pm;

  • Move into the shade as soon as possible;

  • Wear sun protection even if you stay under the umbrella to protect yourself from the glare of the sand;

  • Protect yourself by wearing a T-shirt, hat and sunglasses, as UVA and UVB rays are also harmful to your eyes;

  • Reapply your sun cream every 2 hours, after every swim or if you wipe yourself;

  • Apply a sufficient quantity of product for effective sun protection.

Which sun cream should you choose to enjoy summer with NUXE Sun?


NUXE Sun offers a collection of sun protection products to meet the needs of every skin type in all sunlight conditions. They contain an exclusive patented anti-UVA and UVB filtering system. Their 2-fold UVA protection is combined with an antioxidant extract of rice and rosemary for enhanced cellular anti-aging protection. Some formulas are also water-resistant. The fragrance of Coco-Tiare flower, enveloped in a bewitching accord of Vanilla and Musks, is an invitation to escape. For a pleasurable application, NUXE has imagined different textures:


  • Oil (available in SPF 10, 30, 50): for nourished skin, sublimated with a satin finish;

  • Sun face cream (SPF 30 or 50): for targeted protection and a light texture that's easy to wear all day long;

  • Milk (SPF 30 or 50): moisturizes and protects without leaving white marks;

  • Sprays (SPF 30 or SPF 50): a light texture that's easy to apply. The practical SPF50 spray is available in a travel size to take with you in the cabin;

  • Fluid (SPF 50): ideal for a transparent finish on the face;

  • Two-phase milky oil for tailor-made sun protection for your hair.


SPF 50 protection is suitable for all skin types, regardless of sun exposure. 

  • Sun protection for very sun-sensitive skin


UVA-UVB sun protection with SPF 50 is essential. Tanning Sun Oil the High Protection Sun Care Cream the High Protection Melting Sun Milk the Delicious High Protection Sun Spray or the High Protection Light Fluid accompany you all summer long. However, it's best to avoid exposure to the sun when the intensity of the sun is high or very high.

  • Sun protection for less sun-sensitive skin


If the sun is really weak, SPF 30 protection may be sufficient, depending on your phototype. Tanning Sun Oil , Delicious Sun Spray or Melting Sun Cream offer appropriate protection. As soon as UVA and UVB rays are of moderate intensity, turn to SPF 50 sun protection.

  • Sun protection for intermediate skin types


With low to moderate sun exposure, SPF 30 sun protection is sufficient. As sun intensity increases, switch to SPF 50 protection.



  • Sun protection for fairly resistant skin


Low Protection Tanning Oil SPF10 enables you to cope with weak to moderate sunlight. When UVA-UVB rays become more intense, opt for SPF 30. There's nothing to stop you using SPF 30 or 50 suncare products for extra protection at any time of day.


Looking for a daily skin care product with sun protection? La Nuxuriance Ultra Global Anti-Aging Cream SPF30 Global Anti-Aging Cream combines anti-aging efficacy with SPF 30 anti-UVA/UVB protection. You'll prevent photoaging while benefiting from ALFA [3R] Technology, more effective than retinol.

Choosing the right sun cream is essential to protect your skin from damage caused by UVA and UVB rays. With the right NUXE sun cream and the right protection reflexes, you can enjoy the sun with complete peace of mind.

⁽¹⁾ In-vitro test - x2 result on average on all NUXE SUN sun protection products compared to European regulation requirements.

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