From his early days, Jean-Noël Thorel, the mind behind both Bioderma and Institut Esthederm, had a complicated relationship with the sun – he loved it, but was allergic to sun exposure (he suffered from what is called polymorphous light eruption). So when he became a pharmacist with his own lab, he started developing the first Esthederm product – the sunscreen for skins that are intolerant to the sun that allows them to still get a tan and optimize the skin’s resistance to sun exposure. From there, he developed a whole range focused on getting all the benefits from the sun without risking unhealthy exposure. The relationship between Esthederm and sun exposure developed to a point when there are currently ten Sun Spas in the world’s best destinations that ensure that the users can take the most advantage of the sun, granting a natural and intensive tan.
The Esthederm Sun pillars
The Esthederm Sun range was developed considering five main points:
- The sun is essential for the human life, so we need to learn the best way to take advantage of it;
- We can overcome the skin’s differences with different formulas so that everyone can enjoy solar exposure;
- We need to help the skin adapt to the sun instead of overprotecting it;
- The skin protects itself from the harmful effects of radiation by tanning, and we need to promote a healthy tan;
- Only SPF as an indicator is not enough, as it only measures sunburn and not cellular damage or aging.
The Esthederm approach to the sun
At Esthederm, the communication regarding sunscreens is a bit different from the usual – and we truly love it as pharmacists. As we’ve previously written about, the SPF numbers are exclusively related to UVB radiation, which is responsible for sunburn. However, UVA is responsible for aging and melanoma, so it cannot be disregarded. So at Esthederm, the sunscreen range communicates in the following terms:
- Moderate Sun (two sun symbols on the bottle) – protects from 93% of all radiation, including UVA/UVB, IR and visible;
- Strong Sun (three sun symbols on the bottle) – protects from 96% of all radiation, including UVA/UVB, IR and visible;
- Forbidden Sun (white bottle and no sun symbols) – protects from 98% of all radiation, including UVA/UVB, IR and visible.
For you to know which Esthederm sunscreen is the best one for you, here’s a little guide for the entire range which can be found here:
- Bronz Impuls – this is not a sunscreen, but a product which promotes tanning like the oral supplements, but in a topical presentation.
- Bronze Repair – for people who need an anti-aging care and a sunscreen in just one product, available in moderate and strong sun.
- Adaptasun Spray, Lotion, and Oil – for people who wish to tan, both textures available in moderate and strong sun.
- Solar intolerance – available in two formulas, one for the body and one for the face, for those who suffer from solar allergy.
- Into Repair – for people who need an anti-aging product and a sunscreen for skin that suffers from hypersensitivity.
- No Sun – the 100% mineral formula.
- Photo Regul – for people who have dark spots and do not want them to worsen, but also wish to tan.
- Photo Reverse – for those who need a depigmenting sunscreen to reduce dark spots.