Sun care > Protect your beauty capital for a dazzling tan
How much more alive we look when we're tanned! However, when it comes to achieving that rich glow we see in commercials, it's necessary to know our ABC's. Otherwise you can end up red and blistered, with shoulders unable to stand the most delicate strap… and much less attractive than before you went out.
Sun is as important for our physical well being as it is for our mental health. As the old song says, "sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy…" And there's a reason. Sun helps the body produce melatonin, a hormone responsible for our biorhythms and moods.
Unfortunately, the sun's effects aren't all sunny! In fact, the sun is one of the leading causes of premature ageing of the skin. The good news is that we can protect ourselves easily with few Guide picks. Slip into NEW SKIN.
It is important to carry out a gentle peeling (exfoliation) a day or a few hours before your first exposure to the sun. This applies to your face as well as to the rest of your body.
The accumulation of dead cells prevents even tanning.
Proper hydration is the most basic element of promoting healthy skin and is just one of the many reasons why it’s important to avoid dehydration. Without a sufficient supply of water, skin cells will lose function and become more susceptible to sun damage.
To promote healthy skin that’s resistant to sun damage and cancer, you should start by consuming a sufficient amount of water each day. A good daily guideline is to drink as many ounces of filtered water as half of your body weight in pounds.
Next, you should make sure that you’re consuming enough high quality fat to provide your body with the materials it needs to build strong cell membranes. You will find it in fish in general, specially in salmon.
To avoid looking pasty in your swimsuit and so that you won't be tempted to overdo your sun exposure
- eat carrots
- and apply a sunless tanner to your skin
There are certain products that can be applied a few days before sun exposure that will make your skin more receptive to the rays.
Tan gradually. It's easy to give in to our thirst for sun and a tan, leading us to stay out too long in the sun. As your skin is still sensitive, it will burn on the surface. Tan slowly and give your skin time to acclimate to the sun's intensity. You'll find yourself with a more beautiful tan and you'll create "a base" that allows you to achieve a deep longer-lasting tan. Remember, patience is key!
Start by using a sunscreen with a high SPF and you'll avoid baking in the sun. You can then decrease the SPF level gradually.
Beware! Tanning oils should only be used once you already have a bit of a tan. Since they speed up the tanning process you should already have "a base." Keep in mind that even when you're in the shade, hidden under an umbrella, wind
stimulates tanning. Don't forget your sunscreen - and don't underestimate cloudy days: UVA rays make their way through the clouds and reach your skin without you even noticing.
Don't forget that the reflection from water increases the sun's effect fivefold
Sunscreen is not all you need. Your face requires special care in order to make up for excessive sun, insufficient sunscreen reapplication or low SPF, in order to preserve its youth capital while preparing it for the next exposure.
It needs a cream that will revitalise and soothe.
In the case of excessive exposure, a soothing treatment providing deep hydration and relief is needed.
Don't forget about cream for your body, especially since it's the best way to keep your tan longer. Don't destroy through laziness or carelessness what you achieved through such patience!
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