Love the Sun, Protect Your Skin
Do I need sunscreen if I have olive skin or a darker skin tone?
Absolutely. Although your skin may not redden or burn as easily as fairer skin types, you are still being exposed to UVA and UVB rays, which can cause aging effects and cellular defects, such as cancer.
How long prior to sun exposure do I need to apply my sunscreen?
To ensure maximum coverage, please refer to individual sun protection product application instructions. Generally, it is recommended to apply 20 minutes before sun exposure.
How do I know how often to reapply my sunscreen?
To determine how long you are protected by your sunscreen, you multiply the SPF number by the average amount of time it typically takes you to show signs of burning, if not protected. For example, if you are using an SPF 20 sunscreen and it takes you 10 minutes to show signs of burning (20 x 10), then you would have a little over 3 hours of protection*. A safe rule of thumb is to reapply your sun protection at least every 2 hours.
What does UVA mean?
UVA stands for Ultraviolet A rays. UVA rays are longer waves and comprise about 98.7% of the rays that reach the earths surface. They are known as aging rays because they are able to penetrate the dermis (the deepest layer of the skin) and can increase the effects of aging (i.e. wrinkles, leathery skin). UVA rays can penetrate glass, light clothing, and windshields, so it is important to always use sun protection.
What does UVB mean?
UVB stands for Ultraviolet B rays. UVB rays are shorter rays and are known as the burning rays because they are responsible for melanin production (pigmentation). These rays are also responsible for producing a sun tan, which, believe it or not, is a sign of sun damage.
Can Epicuren® be used in conjunction with Retin-A or other active topical treatments?
Under the guidance of an Epicuren® certified skin care professional, you should be able to add our products to your daily routine.
Why are some your products contraindicated for pregnant or nursing women?
As a general rule, pregnant or lactating women should avoid Vitamin A and its derivatives (i.e. Retinol and Retinyl Palmitate), highly stimulating chemical peels (certain professional acids/treatments), and stimulating or pure essential oils. Please keep in mind that we always recommend pregnant women consult with their physician prior to using any products.