Learn more about the damaging effects of the sun, and discover our latest innovations regarding sun protection.


Did you know that we receive 60% to 80% of all the sunlight we receive in our lifetime before the age of 18? Indeed, kids under the age of 6 have thinner skin with less pigmentation; the lipid film, which acts as a protective barrier, is also more fragile. The skin “records” the amount of sun we’ve been exposed to year after year, making us more and more sensitive to the effects of UV rays on the long run.


That’s why sun protection should be a priority for you and your family, on a daily basis. Learn more about the damaging effects of the sun, and discover our latest innovations regarding sun protection.


What Is Photoaging?

According to many studies, 80% of skin aging is caused by sun exposure: this phenomenon is called photoaging, or heliodermy. Due to sun exposure, wrinkles, dark spots and freckles may appear, and the thinnest blood vessels dilate gradually, making skin extremely sensitive. It’s no surprise that photoaging affects the most frequently exposed skin areas, such as the face, the back of the hands, the forearms and the neck.


Photoaging is not just a summer thing to think about at the beach or by the pool: you should remember that too much sun is still harmful, even in cold temperatures and under cloudy skies. You might not feel the heat, but UV rays always reach your skin, no matter the season.


The Long-term Effects of UV Rays on the Skin

The UV Index (UVI) is a standardized tool to measure the UV radiation levels and the amounts of sun damage that your skin could be exposed to. It measures both UVA and UVB rays that have an impact on your skin in different ways.


Approximately 95% of UV rays that reach the earth’s surface are UVA rays. They have the ability to penetrate clouds and glass, as well as the dermis, the deeper layer of skin that protects against external aggressions and maintains your skin’s integrity. Exposition to UVA rays can lead to the production of free radicals, as well as collagen degradation.


UVB rays can damage the epidermis, the outer layer of skin that is responsible for your skin tone and waterproof protection. Even though they don’t penetrate as deep as UVA, too much exposure to UVB rays can cause common visible changes like sunburnt skin, and can attack your skin’s DNA, which may lead to skin cancer.


Protecting Your Skin with Ombrelle

Ombrelle products are designed to protect from harmful rays while preventing from the effects of pollution and hydrating your skin. Formulated for fair, sensitive and sun-intolerant skin, the line ensures a high-level of defence against UVAs and UVBs, as well as a protection against skin damages caused by infrared. Enriched with active ingredients extracted from the Baïcalin flower, renowned for its antioxidant properties, it ensures 24-hour hydration, an even skin tone, and prevention of aging spots and wrinkles. In a convenient on-the-go size, the light formula is completely invisible and instantly dry for a non-greasy and non-sticky finish; it can even be applied over makeup!


Designed for those suffering from acne, the Sensitive Advanced Face cream for Acne-prone skin SPF30 is an effective sun protection that defends the skin from the harmful rays that can further aggravate complexion issues, while correcting imperfections. It also mattifies the skin to keep it looking fresh and clean. The formula is enriched with salicylic acid, an active generally used to purify acne-prone skin. It also contains ginger root extract, known for its ability to minimize pores. The use of the formula on a daily basis reduces skin imperfections and pimples and makes pores less visible, while protecting your skin from the sun.


Protect your family with Garnier Ombrelle, the #1 recommended brand by Doctors and Pharmacists. It is the only consumer brand that can claim the UVA Seala symbol of efficiency in UVA protection. Your skin will thank you!