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Eucerin Sun Allergy Protect Gel-Cream SPF 50+

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tick High sun protection for face and body
tick Advanced Spectral Technology: UVA/UVB protection and HEVIS light defense
tick For skin prone to sun allergies

A superior face and body sunscreen for allergy-prone skin. Protects against sun allergies and sun-induced skin damage.

Eucerin’s Advanced Spectral Technology offers high factor UVA/UVB protection and HEVIS light defense. Alpha-Glycosylrutin helps to prevent sun-induced allergies such as PLE.


Product info

Sun allergy protection for face and body

 UV light is the main cause of sun-induced skin damage, but high-energy visible (HEVIS) light can also induce free radicals that cause further stress to skin.

Eucerin Sun Allergy Protect Sun Crème Gel SPF50 is a face and body sunscreen specially formulated for skin prone to sun-induced allergies such as Polymorphus Light Eruption (PLE). The Advanced Spectral Technology combines broadband and photostable UVA/UVB filters1 for high UV protection with Licochalcone A to neutralize free radicals caused by UV and HEVIS light. It also contains Alpha-Glycosylrutin which helps to prevent sun-induced allergies such as PLE.

Unperfumed, to minimize the risk of skin irritation, the non-greasy and non-sticky creme-gel absorbs quickly and is water-resistant.

(1.)Meeting the high standards for UVA and UVB protection defined by Cosmetics Europe. The levels of UVA protection are higher than the EU recommendation.

Clinical and dermatological studies

Clinical and dermatological studies prove very good tolerability on skin prone to sun allergies such as PLE.

Main findings

Among other clinical and dermatological studies, a Product in Use (PiU) study was conducted amongst 133 women aged between 22 and 55 all of whom suffer from skin allergies and are regular users of sun protection products. After five days of using the product on their face and body they reported the following results:

  • Calms my allergy prone-skin (99%)
  • Provides effective protection from sunburn (99%)
  • Effectively prevents sun-induced skin damage (99%)
  • Prevents itchiness from sun allergy (98%)
  • Reliably protects from sun allergies such as PLE and Mallorca acne (97%)
  • Has a pleasant texture (94%)

2 Beiersdorf AG, PiU, Germany, April-May 2019

Properties

  • absorbs quickly
  • non sticky
  • non greasy
  • unperfumed
  • water resistant

How To Use

1. Select the right product

Choose a product that offers the right level of protection for your skin. It should protect against UVA and UVB rays and offer HEVIS light defense. It should also be suitable for your skin type and condition.

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2. Use the right amount

It’s important to use sufficient product and to reapply it at regular intervals.

You can use your palm to measure how much. We recommend a thick line of creme-gel (stretching from the tip of your middle finger to your wrist) for each area (1-11) on the diagram:

  • 1. Face and neck
  • 2 & 3. Both arms
  • 4. Chest
  • 5.  Stomach
  • 6 & 7. The top of your legs (front and back)
  • 8 & 9. The bottom of your legs (front and back) plus your feet
  • 10. Shoulders and upper back
  • 11. Lower back

You’ll need an amount about the size of a golf ball to cover your body. 

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3. Apply thoroughly

Ensure that all exposed areas get the protection they need. Some parts are easy to miss. Don’t forget the ears, the back of the neck, the back and shoulders, the backs of the arms, the hands and feet and the areas at the edges of swimwear.
Eucerin research2 indicates that, on average, 14% of the back of the female body and 22% of the back of the male body is regularly exposed to the sun’s rays without any protection whatsoever.

(2.) Internal Beiersdorf study of 2016 on the use of sun protection amongst a sample of 52 (29 women, 23 men)

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Important usage instructions

  • Apply generously before sun exposure and reapply frequently− especially after swimming, perspiring or toweling − to maintain the original protection
  • Reducing the quantity will significantly lower the level of protection
  • Do not stay too long in the sun, even while using a sunscreen product
  • Over-exposure to the sun is a serious health threat
  • Keep babies and young children out of direct sunlight
  • Avoid contact with eyes
  • Allow product to absorb completely, and avoid direct contact with textiles and hard surfaces to prevent staining

Do's and Dont's

Use this product if …

You’re looking for a high factor sunscreen for allergy-prone skin:

Eucerin Sun Allergy Protect Sun Crème Gel SPF50 has been specially formulated to give allergy-prone skin on the face and body the care and protection it needs.

You’re looking for a sun protection product that protects your skin from UVA and UVB rays as well as from the negative effects of HEVIS light:

Eucerin’s Advanced Spectral Technology offers superior UVA/UVB protection and HEVIS light defense.

You’re looking for a sun protection product for highly sensitive skin:

Eucerin Sun Allergy Protect Sun Crème Gel SPF50 is clinically and dermatologically tested and proven to be suitable for highly sensitive and photosensitive skin.

Try a different product if …

You’re looking for the benefits of Eucerin Sun Creme-Gel Sun Allergy Protect SPF 50 but prefer a lower SPF:

 

You have sensitive, allergy-prone skin and are looking for an After Sun product:

 Try Eucerin After Sun Lotion

Your skin is sensitive and you’re looking for a very high factor sunscreen for your body, but you prefer a spray format:

Try Eucerin Sensitive Protect Sun Spray Transparent SPF50 (for sensitive skin including acne-prone skin).

You’re looking for a very high factor sunscreen to protect your body from signs of premature skin aging:

 

FAQ (5)

    What are the symptoms of sun allergy?

    Sun allergies are very common, especially among young women and people with fair skin. The most common form of sun allergy is Polymorphus Light Eruption (often abbreviated to PLE). Typical symptoms include a bumpy and irritating rash and skin redness, but you may also get blisters and pustules. Symptoms tend to develop a day or two after being in the sun and are normally on the underside of the arms and the chest − facial skin can be affected, but this is less common. 

    Other sun allergies include Acne Aestevalis (more commonly known as Mallorca acne). The symptoms of Acne Aestevalis closely resemble those of PLE. It typically effects women between 25 and 40 who experienced acne during puberty.

    You can read about these allergies as well as how to care for allergy-prone skin in sun allergies: PLE and others.

    Does skin that’s prone to sun allergies need special suncare?

    Like sensitive skin, allergy-prone skin has a weakened protective barrier making it more vulnerable to external irritants. One of those external irritants is the sun. Certain chemicals − such as perfume − can also trigger a reaction in sensitive, allergy-prone skin. Eucerin Sun Allergy Protect Sun Crème Gel SPF50 gives skin prone to sun allergies the high level of sun protection it needs. It also contains antioxidants that soothe skin and strengthen skin´s own protection system against UVA-induced free radicals, thereby helping to prevent the formation of sun allergies.

    How do I know which SPF to use?

    Sunscreens are available in four different levels of protection: low (factor 6 to 10), medium (15 to 25), high (30 to 50) and very high (50+). The higher the protection factor the better your skin is protected, but it’s important to apply the product thoroughly (be careful not to miss any bits) and to reapply it generously every two hours.

    What is the difference between UVA and UVB rays?

    UVA rays penetrate the deeper layers of skin. They stimulate the production of free radicals in the skin which cause oxidative stress and can lead to indirect DNA damage (where the free radicals modify cellular DNA over time). UVA rays are most commonly associated with photoaging (premature skin aging caused by the sun). They can also trigger sun allergies such as Polymorphous Light Eruption (PLE). UVB rays can also provoke allergies, but to a lesser extent.

    UVB rays provide the energy your skin needs to make Vitamin D and stimulate the production of melanin which is responsible for tanning. They don’t travel as deeply as UVA rays, penetrating only the outermost layers of skin, but they cause more immediate damage such as sunburn. UVB rays are directly absorbed by cellular DNA and can lead to skin diseases such as actinic keratosis and skin cancer.

    Both types of UV can induce hyperpigmentation and may contribute to conditions such as sun spots (also known as age spots) and melasma.

    What is high-energy visible light and why does my skin need to be protected from it?

    The sunlight spectrum consists of UV, visible and infrared light. Visible sunlight can be detected by the human eye, while the others remain invisible. Part of this visible spectrum has a high energy level and is known as high-energy visible light. It is also referred to as HEVIS light, HEV Light, HEVL and sometimes ‘blue light’ or ‘blue violet light’

    Like UVA rays, HEVIS light penetrates the deeper layers of skin (the dermis) and can generate free radicals. These free radicals are one of the main causes of photoaging (premature skin aging caused by the sun). They interfere with skin cells and break down the collagen and elastin that gives our skin its plump, youthful appearance. HEVIS light has also been linked to uneven skin pigmentation and melasma.

    Many modern sunscreens offer effective protection against UVA and UVB rays, but we recommend that you look out for products that also defend against the negative effects of HEVIS light. These products will give your skin reliable protection from photoaging and, in the long run, can also help to combat visible signs of skin aging. 

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  • Amelia 23/09/2019
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    This stuff is a life saviour!!!
    This is the most incredible product I’ve ever used! I’ve always suffered with sensitive skin but in the last few years I’ve had horrendous polymorphic light eruption and nothing had helped ease it, to the point I couldn’t even sit in the sun for 5 minutes without having having blisters and a burning rash head to toe. I used this product on my two week holiday in Greece applying it twice a day and no sign of the PMLE at all!! Definitely worth every single penny, don’t think twice about buying this! Absolute life saviour.
  • Amy5 09/08/2019
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    In Love!
    I have polymorphic light eruption and have been looking for years for something that would help, this sun cream really helps and as long as I apply liberally and top it up through out the day it really stops me getting a rash. Quite expensive but worth it to be able to go out in the sun again.
  • Alison 22/04/2019
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    Great product
    I saw this advertised in a Boots magazine 3 or 4 years ago as I was diagnosed with Polymorphic Light Eruption in my early twenties and have never been able to find a sunscreen product that helped with the symptoms until I tried this. So glad I found it. I still have to be careful in the sun but after a few summers of wearing this product in the UK and abroad I feel like I can be normal again and not have to hide away inside all the time. The product rubs in nicely and even when reapplying it still rubs in nicely. It does stain a little so I try not to wear light coloured clothing with it but it does come out with a good stain removal product. Great product
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