Following years of research, Caudalie's Natural Research Laboratory has developed its best-performing SPF solution, providing high factor protection as well as optimum safety for the skin and the environment.
Protect your skin, we protect nature.
ANTI-AGEING, HYDRATION, LUMINOUS TAN
Discover the new generation of Caudalie suncare, offering high-factor UVA/UVB protection as well as protecting the skin against premature ageing.
Five suncare products with non-sticky textures the senses will love: offering a luminous and even tan while delicately scenting the skin with the summery fragrance of frangipani flowers.
A choice of textures to suit all skin types and levels of sun exposure.
A NEW GENERATION OF SUNCARE FORMULAS
A selection of the safest, broad-spectrum UVA/UVB filters that ensure maximum protection: no nanoparticles and no octocrylene, considered to be endocrine disruptors.
Our products do not contain alcohol or silicones and are suitable for all skin types, even the most sensitive, for safe exposure to the sun without risk of the skin becoming dehydrated.
ANTI-AGEING SUNCARE PROTECTION
Patented antioxidant complex
This innovative complex provides antioxidant protection to prevent premature skin ageing and protect cellular DNA.
Organic grape water and grapeseed oil
Two exclusive ingredients from the vine that provide optimum hydration and soothe sensitive skin.
ANTI-AGEING SUNCARE PROTECTION
NON-TOXIC FORMULAS FOR THE MARINE ECOSYSTEM
NON-TOXIC FORMULAS FOR THE MARINE ECOSYSTEM
No oxybenzone, no octinoxate
These two chemical filters are used in more than 3,500 sun creams. They contaminate sea algae, in particular an algae called zooxanthellae. Corals are dependent on this algae for nourishment and to breathe.
Our formulas are water resistant and do not contain hydrosoluble filters which are responsible for polluting the ocean.
Our formulas are highly biodegradable for minimum environmental impact and to help preserve the marine ecosystem.
Sunscreen is increasingly receiving criticism for the way it pollutes seas and oceans. Every year, 14,000 tonnes of sun cream settle on coral reefs(1).
x Coral Guardian partnership
Caudalie is joining forces with CORAL GUARDIAN through a programme that restores and protects coral reefs.
In 2019, thanks to Caudalie’s support, more than 3,000 corals will be transplanted, restored and protected in Indonesia (Hatamin site).
ALL ABOUT SPF PROTECTION
Each year, choosing your sunscreen is the first step towards preparing for your holidays. However, between endocrine disruptors, varying sun protection factors and ocean pollution, choosing your sunscreen can quickly become a headache.
ALL THE ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS
- What is the difference between UVA and UVB rays?
Ultraviolet (UV) rays are invisible rays emitted by the sun that can penetrate the skin. The name of the UV rays depends on their wavelength.
On average, UV rays consist of 90% UVA and 10% UVB rays:
- UVA rays (reminder: UVA = Age) are the longest and most dangerous rays. They are largely responsible for skin ageing and can even be carcinogenic in the event of overexposure.
- UVB rays (reminder: UVB = Burn) are the rays responsible for tanning but also for sunburn.
Good sun protection must protect against these two types of radiation: this is what is known as "broad-spectrum" (UVA + UVB) sun protection.
- What is an SPF?
SPF means Sun Protection Factor: this index offers a degree of anti-redness (anti-UVB) protection measured in skin reaction time. For example, an SPF of 15 means that it takes 15 times as long for redness to appear on skin with the cream as opposed to without the cream.
- What is the difference between chemical filters and mineral filters?
Mineral filters are blends of very small particles that reflect UV rays on the skin's surface, just like a mirror would. They are safe for nature because they are natural. However, they are very difficult to spread and can leave a white finish on the skin. Some may also contain nanoparticles with undesirable effects.
Chemical filters are chemical molecules that absorb UV rays instead of the skin. They provide the most effective protection against UVB and UVA rays. The term "chemical" has nothing negative or dangerous about it, but some filters are controversial: irritant filters (octocrylene), suspected endocrine disruptors (Octinoxate or Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate), or those that are dangerous for the environment (oxybenzone, octinoxate).
We have chosen to use certain chemical filters that are safe for your skin, yet also environmentally friendly.
All our filters are authorised by the European health authorities (COLIPA standard).
- What is a nanoparticle?
Nanoparticles are particles with a diameter size of less than 100 nanometres. They are frequently used in sun creams on the market to make the textures more fluid without leaving a white finish. They can be easily identified in the ingredients list by the annotation [nano] before the name of the filter.
Nanoparticles are controversial because they are suspected of being endocrine disruptors and of having toxic effects.
The absence of filters with nanoparticles is a guarantee of safety.
- Do our formulas contain nanoparticles?
None of our 2019 sun care formulas contain filters in the form of nanoparticles.
- Which filters have we used in our sun care range?
We have created innovative SPF protection with four chemical sun filters, each used in its optimal dose, to offer you UVA and UVB protection with a minimum of filters, as well as guaranteeing you an invisible finish.
We have ruled out all filters that are allergenic, endocrine disruptors or dangerous for the environment.
We have used the following four filters, which are safe for the skin and nature:
Butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane, Ethylhexyl triazone, Isoamyl methoxycinnamate, Bis-ethylhexyloxyphenol methoxyphenyl triazine.
A few points of reference:
- EWG Skin Deep ranks these filters highly: 2 for the first and 1 for the three others (1: good, 10: very bad).
- The consumer association "Que choisir" does not indicate any risks associated with these four filters.
- Yuka classifies these filters as "low risk" (we cannot yet scan isoamyl methoxycinnamate because it is not used by enough of our competitor brands).
- Is alcohol used in our sunscreens?
No, we have decided not to put alcohol in our sunscreens because it can dry out the skin.
In the ingredients list, you may see C20-22 ALCOHOLS, which can lead to confusion, but this ingredient refers toan "oily" component that makes the texture richer but has nothing to do with liquid Alcohol. It is neither drying nor irritating (green score on Yuka).
- Can the oil be applied to hair?
Yes, our Beautifying Sunscreen Oil SPF 30 may be applied to hair.
It contains two oils:
- Sesame oil: considered to be one of the best oils for hair due to its repairing and nourishing properties.
- Grape seed oil: offers hydrating and nourishing properties for the hair.
- Can Caudalie sunscreens be applied to children?
Yes, Caudalie sunscreens can be used on children over the age of 3 years old. Our sunscreens have not been subjected to the specific testing requirements for use on children under 3 years of age, which is why we recommend using them only on children over 3 years old.
- Do these sunscreens protect against blue light, which is said to be responsible for skin ageing?
Yes, our sunscreens provide good protection against blue light thanks to their antioxidant complex.
A recent study shows the effectiveness of resveratrol in reducing the oxidative stress caused by blue light. Premier Cru The Serum or Resveratrol[Lift] could therefore also be beneficial skincare solutions to this concern!
- Are the sunscreens water-resistant?
Our sunscreens are water-resistant.
The water-resistance test consists of applying the product to a volunteer and then immersing the area in water for 20 minutes. A measurement is then taken to check that the skin still has SPF protection.
However, we would recommend systematically reapplying sunscreen after going in the water for optimal protection.
- At what stage in your beauty routine should you apply a facial sunscreen? And how much?
Sunscreen should be applied last in a skincare routine.
You must apply a generous amount of product to the face, taking care to reapply after any exposure to water.
- Why are sunscreens harmful to nature?
Every year, 14,000 tonnes of sun cream are discharged into coral reefs. The silicones as well as certain filters that they contain are not readily biodegradable and pollute the oceans, causing a devastating impact to the marine ecosystem, especially corals. Hawaii along with California and Australia are re-evaluating the authorisation of these filters.
Two filters called oxybenzone and octinoxate are the most criticised because they are known to contaminate the algae that coral need to feed and breathe.
- Why do Caudalie sunscreens protect nature?
- The formulas are highly biodegradable and water-resistant.
- We have banned the use of controversial filters (oxybenzone and octinoxate) and silicones.
- Thanks to extensive research and innovation into formulation, we have been able to use fewer filters while maintaining broad-spectrum protection.
Scientific evidence: a toxicity test on algae was carried out to prove the non-toxicity of our formulas for the marine ecosystem.
- What does highly biodegradable mean?
Few sunscreen brands carry out biodegradability tests on their formulas. A product is considered to be biodegradable from 60% biodegradability during 28 days (duration of the test). Our five sunscreen formulas are up to 96% biodegradable; they are therefore highly biodegradable.
- What does the partnership with Coral Guardian involve?
We met Coral Guardian through our "1% for the Planet" membership. This French organisation works to protect Corals through its strong commitment to local communities and fishermen. We have chosen to support their project to accelerate coral plantation in regions particularly affected by marine pollution.
Find out more about the project.
(1) Source: 1 Schneider et al., 2018.