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But why do the French always protect themselves so poorly from the sun?

According to the National Cancer Institute, cases of skin cancer tripled between 1990 and 2023. And if we thought that prevention was slowly starting to have an effect on French citizens, a recent study proves the opposite.

Applying sunscreen is a daily gesture to be adopted both in summer and winter, including rainy days. Unfortunately, it seems that many French people are still reluctant to take this action to prevent skin cancer and so it is a study conducted by the Fédération Des Entreprises de la Beauté (FBEA), in collaboration with Opinionway who revealed it.

Published on March 8, the latter states that while 9 out of 10 people believe that sunscreen is an essential tool for protecting their skin from the sun, few of them move from theory to practice… And that’s really problematic. 39% of them think that, despite the recommendations, they don’t need it. 46% are men and young people between 25 and 34 years old.

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Good knowledge of the risks despite everything

What is quite surprising is this the French are quite knowledgeable about the risks associated with the sun. 79% of them want to protect themselves from sunburn, 76% want to avoid skin diseases and 53% prefer to limit the aging of their skin. A paradox that also surprises Emmanuel Guichard, deputy director of FEBEA:


“These data reveal an important paradox: on the one hand a very strong collective awareness of the risks of exposure to UV rays for health, on the other a lack of rigor in following the recommendations of the health authorities for protection”.

Why do so few of us seriously protect ourselves?

According to the same study, 3 things slow French people down when it comes to using sunscreen regularly and diligently. To start with, the composition of the SPF would call into question. 59% would be afraid of the impact of some controversial ingredients on their health. 57% of French people think so sunscreen is too expensive. The third reason would be the ecological impact of the creams on the seabed and on the environment in general.

Among young people between 25 and 34 years old, yes the fear of not getting a tan which would be the cause of still too infrequent use of sunscreen. Proof that there is still a lot of prevention to be done to limit misinformation and allow all these French people to adopt good practices on a daily basis that will perhaps save their lives…


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Source: Madmoizelle

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