Questions and answers about sunscreens and insect repellents

We have grouped together for you the most popular questions about sunscreens and insect repellents.

Do sunscreens and insect repellants have an expiry date?

Yes. Sunscreens and insect repellants have an expiry date. This date refers to products that have not been open yet. Once the product is opened, you must use it within a year (or up until the expiry date if it the closest one to date on which you opened the product). This is to ensure the maximum effectiveness of a product.

Which insect repellants are the most effective against ticks?

Insecticides with DEET and icaridin are the best to protect yourself from ticks. It is important to follow instructions regarding the recommended concentrations and how often you should apply the repellants based on age.

Is insect repellant recommended for pregnant or nursing mothers?

Pregnant or nursing mothers can apply a DEET- or icaridin-based insect repellant up to twice a day.

Can a tan protect me from sunburns? soleil?

A tan can partially protect you from UV rays. It is strongly recommended to use sunscreen, even if you are tanned.

Can cream-based sunscreen cause acne?

People with oily skin may be wise to stay away from cream-based sunscreens. If you have oily or acne-prone skin, use a lotion or spray.

Which sunscreen product is recommended for pregnant women? 

L’application d’un écran solaire durant la grossesse est sécuritaire et même fortement recommandée.  Un bon écran solaire peut même prévenir l’apparition d’un masque de grossesse, aussi appelée « hyperpigmentation ».  Les mêmes recommandations que pour la population en général s’appliquent : un FPS d’au moins 30 est suggéré.  Afin d’éviter les produits « chimiques », il pourrait être intéressant de choisir des écrans solaires contenant des filtres physiques, de l’oxyde de zinc et/ou du dioxyde de titane.

Should I apply makeup before or after my sunscreen?

Always apply your sunscreen before your makeup.

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