Sothys Sun Care products

Sothys Sun Care products

Sun-filled weekends and festival days are finally here, which means it’s time to put sunscreen into your daily routine. If you aren't regularly applying sunscreen every day, you should be! Every time you tan, you damage your skin. But with all the different protection levels out there, it can be hard to know what’s right for you. Is there really a difference between SPF 20 and 50? And why isn’t there one standard SPF number? I tested the sun care products of SOTHYS and I'm very enthusiastic about it, in this blog post, you can read everything you have to know about sun protection.

In 1946, SOTHYS was a beauty institute in Paris with French products created by Dr. Hotz, a medical biologist. They have over more than 70 years of professional beauty care experience. Scientists at SOTHYS in France collaborate with universities and research laboratories to develop products and professional treatments for a positive transformation effect on body and mind. 

First, a quick lesson in SPF. What exactly does it protect you from?

SPF stands for “SUN PROTECTION FACTOR,” and it measures your sunscreen protection from UVB rays. If your skin would normally burn after 10 minutes in the sun, an SPF 15 sunscreen would allow you to stay in the sun without burning for approximately 150 minutes, it’s not an exact estimate. Also, SPF does not measure how well a sunscreen will protect from UVA rays, while UVB rays are what cause sunburns, UVA rays penetrate the skin more deeply and are associated with aging. That’s why it’s super important to look for a sunscreen that says “broad-spectrum” or “UVA/UVB protection.”

What's the difference between UVB and UVA?

The most important thing you need to look for when searching for sunscreen is broad spectrum protection. This means that you are receiving balanced protection from both UVA and UVB rays. This is essential because each type of radiation works differently.

  • UVB rays are the commonly noticed rays which damage the outer layer of your skin, leaving you tanned or burned.

  • UVA rays are more dangerous, penetrating the deepest layer of your skin (the dermis) and causing premature aging, like wrinkles by damaging skin DNA.

Exposure to both types of rays increases your risk of skin cancer so you really want to make sure you are protecting yourself properly.

Why do we have different SPF levels - why don’t we just have one standard? 

The answer to that is easy, we all have different skin types and different needs. Some people would sunburn after only 10 minutes, others can stay in the sun for hours without any sign of redness. But sunscreen is not only about getting burnt, the most important thing is to protect against skin cancer and early skin aging.

Which SPF is right for you?

SPF 2-14: Sunscreen with SPF 2 to 14 protect only against sunburn and must carry a warning specifying they don't protect against skin cancer of early aging. The FDA now requires sunscreen products with SPF lower than 15 to include a warning. It reads: “Skin Cancer/Skin Aging Alert: Spending time in the sun increases your risk of skin cancer and early skin aging. This product has been shown only to help prevent sunburn, not skin cancer or early skin aging.” This same warning must appear on sunscreen products that are not broad spectrum.

SPF 15+: Sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher protect against sunburn and if used with other sun-protection, can reduce the chance of skin cancer and early aging.

SPF 50+: Sunscreens with SPF of more than 50 have not demonstrated any additional protection, according to the FDA. So the highest number you should see on any sunscreen is SPF 50+.

You should also make sure you apply 15-20 minutes before heading outside, as sunscreen that is applied in direct sunlight may evaporate before it has a chance to bond with the skin, making it less effective. The amount of sunscreen you apply is also important, for the average adult, two to three tablespoons should be more than enough to cover your body, while one teaspoon applied to the face will help you to avoid looking wrinkly and crinkly before your time.

Would you recommend a low-level SPF 15 to anyone?

Darker skin types can use a lower level, such as SPF15 since they have more melanin in their skin, which does give some protection. However, I really recommend everyone start at SPF 20. Darker skin may not sunburn as easily as those with fair skin, but they are still at risk of skin damage from sun exposure

How to stay safe in the sun

  • Limit time outside when the sun's rays are strongest

  • Apply sunscreen before heading outside. It takes about 15 minutes for the skin to absorb sunscreen and for the sunscreen to start protecting you.

  • Reapply sunscreen at least every two hours to remain protected- or right after swimming or sweating profusely.

  • Apply sunscreen year-round. You can burn any time, even when it's cloudy or temperatures are cool.

Lately, I went to Las Vegas where the temperatures went up to 48 degrees. Fortunately, I included my favorite sun care products of SOTHYS, I was not sunburned for a day and my skin is still soft and not dehydrated. These products I took with me:

SPF20 Protective fluid face and body

The Protective Fluid for face and body is a water-resistant, fluid and milky texture, in a super convenient pump-dispenser bottle. It contains sunflower extract to minimize the appearance of sunburn cells and strengthen the skin’s natural protection. It does not leave a sticky layer and smells amazing.


  • The skin is enhanced with a glowing tan.

  • Sunflower extract - To minimize the appearance of sunburn cells and strengthen the skin’s natural protection.

  • Celligent™- To optimize skin cell functions and thus preserve the skin’s youth capital.

SPF50 Sensitive zones protective fluid

The Sensitive zones protective fluid I use for my face and shoulders, it's a fragrance-free product which I prefer for my face.  It provides enhanced protection for the face and most sensitive areas. Just like the Protective fluid for face and body, it contains sunflower extract to minimize the appearance of sunburn cells and strengthen the skin’s natural protection.


  • The skin is enhanced with a glowing tan.

  • Sunflower extract - To minimize the appearance of sunburn cells and strengthen the skin’s natural protection.

  • Celligent™- To optimize skin cell functions and thus preserve the skin’s youth capital.


Their after sun is a very refreshing ultra-creamy, melt-on-the-skin lotion with a delicate vanilla fragrance instantly comforts, nourishes and softens the skin after sun exposure. It immediately cools down the skin and smells fantastic. This is absolutely one of my favorites.

Recommended use for the sun care products:

  • Apply generously to the face and body before sun exposure.

  • Avoid the eye contour.

  • Repeat the application frequently.


The safest way to get a beautiful, natural tinted skin is the SOTHYS self-tanning gel. This gel is slightly tinted to facilitate its application and provide even coverage without leaving marks. Non-greasy and non-sticky, it is quickly absorbed and gradually enhances all skin tones with an incredibly natural tan.


For a one night tanned skin the Beautifying Legs Enhancer is the best of the best! An amber gel that instantly enhances the legs with a discreet tinted veil. Tint helps to hide small skin imperfections on the body. This product does not contain self-tanner, but rather a natural coloring from caramel.

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