Which creams require photoprotection?

DOTTORE Photoprotection

Photoprotection is necessary on a daily basis - it is clear to all aware consumers. We place particular emphasis on it in summer, when we are most exposed to radiation. However, not only then we are at risk.

There are active ingredients that are much appreciated in the beauty industry. Their effects are often spectacular! However, they have a price - you have to give up sunbathing. But is it really a big loss?

Glycolic acid

A very broad topic in cosmetology. Acids are cosmetic ingredients appreciated for its effects by both professionals and their clients. Creams containing, for example, glycolic acid stimulate fibroplasts to divide, which results in improved firmness of our skin. In addition, exfoliation of dead skin improves its appearance. We get rid of the stratum corneum, i.e. dead, calloused epidermis, which is a breeding ground for bacteria. In addition to the visible to the naked eye effects, such as visibly younger-looking skin, there is one more advantage - a smaller amount of calloused epidermis makes the skin better absorb the creams and active ingredients contained in them.

However, for an even skin tone and radiant complexion, we must pay with caution. Getting rid of the the cornified layer risks weakening the hydrolipod barrier - the natural protection against external factors. To maintain beautiful, rejuvenated skin, we need to protect it from the sun!


Retinol is one of the best researched molecules used in the beauty industry. It has a strong restorative effect - it smoothes wrinkles, brightens and unifies skin tone. Apart from its anti-aging properties, retinol regulates sebum secretion and tightens pores, reducing the risk of imperfections. Therefore, it is recommended for people with the first signs of aging as well as young people, struggling with, for example, juvenile acne.

As with acids, we must also pay for the impressive effects of retinol with caution. Let's dispel a myth - retinol is not a phototoxic substance. However, it is phototoxic on the skin's surface. This means that on contact with the sun, it can cause irritation and discoloration. This is why it is only used at night. In the morning, after washing it off your face and applying a sunscreen, you are free to go out in the sun. Although, of course, we advise against extensive exposure.

Sunbathing anyway

Even people who consciously care for their skin sometimes ask us a question - how long do I have to wait after using creams with acids or retinol before I can sunbath again?

After using acids, we should wait at least a week until the skin regenerates. During this time, the highest level of sun protection is not only recommended, but necessary!

With retinol, there is no exact time frame because different people's skin reacts differently. If your skin does not react with irritation, you can safely spend time outside the next day. However, if burning or redness occurs, then in addition to the sunscreen, we advise you to avoid going out in the sun.

Otherwise, you risk:

  • serious burns.
  • the appearance of spots and discoloration, which even aesthetic medicine may not get rid of.
  • In extreme cases, even skin cancer!


To most of our fans we do not need to present Novo and Retino lines - they are our bestsellers. For those who are just getting to know us, here is a brief description:

- Novo and Novo Forte

Line of creams with glycolic acid in concentration of 8 or 12%. They have a strong rejuvenating and anti-wrinkle effect. Their effectiveness is confirmed by customers, often using the term "wow effect".

- Retino and Retino Forte + Retino Eye

Intensively rebuilding line of cosmetics with Vitamin A. The secret of this line's effectiveness is a synergistic combination of retinol and ecoRetinol.

Basic or forte version?

Do you know why both creams mentioned above come in a basic and a forte version? If you can use a cream with a higher concentration of active ingredient, what sense does it make to buy the weaker one? We assure you that it makes sense.

The weaker concentration is intended for people whose skin is not used to strong active ingredients. If you have sensitive skin, you should not reach for the forte version right away in order not to risk irritation. Gradual accustoming of the skin to the action of the acid will certainly result in a better effect than irritating it with a very strong preparation.

Is your skin getting used to the basic version and do you want better results? At this point, we can reach for the forte version. You can enjoy it until spring - then we recommend that you return to the basic version, even if your skin has long responded well to the higher concentration. But once again, we emphasize - if you decide to use Novo or Retino creams in summer, you must use high protection against the sun! We recommend City SUN SPF50+. In addition to effective protection against UV-A and UV-B, it provides protection against harmful blue light emitted by electronic devices.

Fun fact

We have been asked this several times in private message, so we are answering publicly to the question "is it enough to apply City SUN in the morning? Do I need to repeat?"

The answer is - yes, you do need to apply it several times throughout the day. It is not possible for a sunscreen to protect us all day after a single application. This is true for exactly all sunscreens on the market.

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