How to choose your sunscreen? We untangle the real from the fake

Summer is coming...

The sun, the sea, the ocean... you hear it? Summer is coming and we agree, it's hard to resist.

But before you leave for the beach, be careful to protect your skin.

Surfer or surferess, serial bronzer or tanner, it is essential for all to protect your skin in an optimal way against the most harmful U.V. rays of the sun.

Your Summer Routine: sun protection. -

With the many solar protection options on the market and all the associated components available, it is difficult to make a choice. Which cream should I choose to protect and respect my skin? How can I be sure to choose an ecofriendly solar cream that respects my skin and the environment?

We untangle for you the real from the fake to find the ideal sunscreen for your summer. Let's go.

1. The UV protection factor doesn't mean anything.

FALSE. This is one of the most important criteria, if not THE most important criterion for a sun protection system worthy of the name.

Filters provide the desired barrier against the sun's UVA and UVB rays to best protect your skin from aggression and prevent problems related to exposure.

Depending on the sun protection factor of your cream, your skin will be more or less protected. Choosing the right sun protection factor is simple: it all depends on your skin type and where you are exposed.

The clearer your skin is, the more you need to protect yourself. The same goes for the place of exposure: if you are on a beach in Australia or inland in Ireland, you can adapt your sunscreen to the power of the sun for successful protection.


Dermatologists recommend in all cases to use a sunscreen with a minimum SPF 30 and SPF 50+ for optimal protection.

No more pseudo SPF 20 protection: stay focused on the index of your sunscreens for maximum skin protection.

Let's all be #PrideToProtect

2. Chemical filters are more efficient than mineral filters.

FALSE. Chemistry vs. Nature, it's sometimes debatable... but it shouldn't be!

For years chemical filters have been used to protect individuals, families, athletes and children. Some brands still do... However, sun creams have evolved and are now composed of mineral filters that are more respectful of the environment and your skin.

Mineral filters are as effective as chemical filters in protecting your skin from the sun!

While natural filters protect just as much, there is a big difference: mineral filters are more stable to UV radiation. With their broad-spectrum coverage, mineral filters diffract light and reflect UV as a barrier. In short, it is even more effective in protecting your skin and respecting #StopAllergy.

They are also more environmentally friendly. While chemical filters are responsible for the destruction of algae and coral, for example, mineral filters do not harm the marine and ocean ecosystem.

We don't know about you but we have made our choice on this point... #NoNasties

3. Sunscreen creams are not water resistant.

FALSE. A big question for surfers, kite-surfers and other swimmers: the waterproofing properties of sunscreen.

If you're often in the water to do sports or relax, it's essential to protect your body and face with a product that resists moisture and immersion.

The goal: that the protection is effective even in water to protect you as much as possible.

You don't want to have to recover from the cream every time you get out of the water!


Good news on this point: several creams, sprays and other sun sticks are now available in a totally waterproof version to protect you even in water.

And since you go in the water with them, it's logical to look at the components so as not to damage the aquatic biodiversity...

But the good news: thanks to natural technical products, some new generation sun protection products do not create water pollution and provide optimal protection on wet skin.

In the 71% range, for example, a range of ultra-water-resistant suncare products has been developed to avoid having to use too much cream over a day and optimize each application.

The natural technology of the 71% creams protects even on wet skin.

Guaranteed #ProtectSoFresh effect!

4. There are sun protection products adapted to the whole family.

TRUE. "Where's the cream of the crop? Did you take my sensitive skin cream?" How about we stop doing that and just share his cream...

With natural sun protections available in ranges that respect everyone's skin, the whole family can share the cream or stick without risk. No more "Everyone has their own cream" today, sun protection can be applied to young and old alike without any difference.

Mineral filters and the natural composition of creams such as those in the Eco Sun Shield, Eco Sun Spray or Sun Stick by 71% ranges, for example, can be adapted to the whole family without any risk, even for the thinnest and most fragile skin.

Thanks to the combination of natural active ingredients such as organic castor oil, organic shea butter, organic jojoba oil and Carnuba wax, the creams, sprays and sun sticks are suitable for the whole family.

So we lighten the beach bag thanks to a nomadic format and we embark a single sunscreen for all!

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5. Spray, stick or cream are all equally effective.

TRUE. Sprays, sticks and sun creams: the same battle for sun protection!

Yes, all types of sun protection are equal, provided that the UV index and the characteristics of the protection spectrum are the same.

In fact, there is no difference between a cream, a stick or a sunscreen spray. If the product used is effective, you will necessarily be protected.

In reality, it all comes down to the application: when you apply a spray, the mist is uniform and you tend to apply the spray well everywhere, which may suggest better protection.

Well, if you don't mind sunscreen brands or sticks and you're looking for a cooler format to apply everywhere, we can reassure you: you'll be just as well protected with a stick or cream formula!

Solar cream and solar spray SPF50 - Seventy One percent products

In fact, you're the one who makes your sun protection effective: with a stick, cream or spray, just make sure you apply it everywhere for top results and protected skin on fleek.

So don't hesitate, apply the protection everywhere from the nape of the neck to the feet, from the ears to the back of the knees before going chill or surfing on the beach!

Discover our colorful natural sun sticks for a fun protection for young and old.

6. Sunscreen pollutes the sea and the oceans

NOT NECESSARILY! We agree, the big black spot of some sun creams and other sun oils available on the market is obviously respect for the environment.

The harmful agents in many creams have harmful effects on algae, corals and more widely on marine biodiversity.

So ok with these creams we are protected but it is our planet that gets sunburned... It's not great and not responsible, we agree.

But today some creams are trying to limit their impact on the oceans as much as possible.


As surfers, ocean and sea lovers, 71% of us know that ecology is a major stake in our future. Therefore, to fight against ocean pollution, we have developed 100% ecological sunscreen products that meet all environmental protection criteria.

Using sustainable packaging and natural agents, 71% sun creams guarantee absolute respect for the environment.

It is therefore possible today not to pollute the sea while bathing with your sunscreen!

Thanks to these ecological creams, you can bathe with natural protective products without risking endangering underwater life. Even more: you respect your skin at the same time.

So it's possible to switch to an environmentally friendly sunscreen, so you stop using polluting sunscreens and instead opt for #ecofriendly #zerowaste sunscreen products for this summer.

7. Sun protection prevents tanning

FALSE. We think everyone knows it, but we say it again: sunscreen doesn't prevent you from getting a tan... and luckily!

We know you want that amber uniform surfer's tan. With the right sun protection your skin is not only protected but also tans. Even with an index 50+ your sunscreen, spray or stick will not be an anti-tanning.

The melanin in your skin will still be activated and you will have that perfect complexion back from the beach without sunburn. With natural products you also nourish your skin to make your tan last as long as possible.

Moreover, don't forget to moisturize your skin after sun exposure to make your tan last as long as possible and make your skin more beautiful.

On your face, opt for a natural moisturizer such as Feel Good aloe vera gel-cream made in France under dermatological control. A refreshing touch in summer, we don't say no!

Good to know

If your skin is weakened all year round, discover Second Skin balm to repair your skin in depth.
Perfect for quenching the thirst of sun damaged skin, relieving friction from surfing, repairing irritated lips and soothing insect bites, Second Skin Balm is the natural bandage for sportsmen and women and your skin's daily ally.

You will have understood that before choosing your sunscreen, it is important to look at the ingredients and above all to make sure that you respect both your skin and the environment.

At the time of the ecological revolution, at SeventyOne Percent we say no more chemical sunscreens.

Convinced of the technical nature of our products, we bet everything on eco-responsible, natural and respectful sun products for all skin types to protect you durably from the sun by preserving your skin and the oceans.

So, you finally know what you're going to put on your skin this summer? Come on & protect yourself!

Sun Tips

  • We love the sun sticks to protect the hyper-targeted and fragile areas: it's impossible to have a red nose during the first week of vacation with them.
  • The sun spray evenly protects all areas of the body with a delicate mist that covers your skin and protects it with a discreet protective film.
  • Don't forget to protect your hair with protective oil to avoid drying out your mane and enjoy the best effects of the sun on your hair.
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