All there is to know about sunbathing and all you ever need to sunbathe
- Almagea News
- 4 MIN
Summer’s finally here with the first wave of summer heat. You’ll be rushing to the beach in no time to have that nice suntan. Sure, everything looks better when you are sun-tanned, but we need to heed the warnings of dermatologists seriously and act responsibly while being exposed to the sun. We know how boring this sounds, but the sun speeds up skin ageing. To turn back the effects of skin ageing is extremely hard, if it is doable at all.
We have compiled a small guide on sunbathing for you, with everything you might ever need to know about the sun and sunbathing.
Preparation is essential
We are always focused on protecting the skin during summer months, but we forget that we have to nurture and take care of our skin all year round. This includes different skin protection rituals – from beauty treatments to regular skin cleansing and nourishment, 365 days a year. No matter how healthy and beautiful your skin is now, and no matter how old you are, your skin needs attention and care all year round. You know all this: regular facial cleansing, regular use of preparations that nourish the skin from the outside, and regular use of dietary supplements that nourish it from the inside.
Our choice for the summer, every summer from now on, is Sunlove Skin+, a new generation of dietary supplements with an innovative formulation of antioxidants. The antioxidants, such as vitamin E and selenium, help protect the cells from oxidative stress. In addition to that, a mixture of borage seed oil, argan oil and palm oil is also added, all naturally rich in vitamin E, together with the antioxidants lutein and coenzyme Q10. All of these ingredients synergistically nourish the skin from within. Astaxanthin is an antioxidant, the so-called “King of carotenoids” which has a very strong antioxidant effect – even 11 times stronger than beta carotene and 500 times stronger than vitamin E. You need antioxidants especially in the summer, but you absorb them through a balanced and rich diet, and of course, by taking Sunlove Skin+.
Ideally, you should start using Sunlove Skin+ during spring in order to prevent and slow down skin ageing, prepare your skin for the sun, and neutralise the negative consequences of oxidative stress.
But if you have forgotten to take it on time, don’t worry! Start drinking Sunlove Skin+ right away on vacation. In that case, we advise you to increase the dosage to 2 capsules per day.
The best protection from the sun
No matter how many times it has already been said, we don’t think it has been said enough: creams with a protective factor are a must have in every bag.
Dermatologists agree with each other when they recommend a protection factor (SPF) of at least 30. It provides quality sun protection, regardless of your complexion and skin type. Keep in mind that sunscreens and lotions are designed to protect you for about 2 hours,if you are not in the water. If you are, then its length of protection is reduced to about 20 minutes. Even waterproof formulas can provide you with a protection lasting for only 40 minutes. Particularly strong waterproof formulas last about 80 minutes. This all means that you have to reapply the protective cream, especially if you enter the sea/pool or sweat profusely.
The dermatologist’s advice is to look for protective creams that contain zinc and titanium. These block UVA and UVB rays on the skin. Check the composition of the cream you choose!
And more is generally better, when applying protective creams. How to determine the amount? Just use more than you think you need.
Avoid the sun at its hottest
“Repetition is the mother of knowledge”, that is why it is never enough to keep repeating that you should avoid the sun from 10 am to 4 pm, as it is then the strongest. With a protective cream and especially without it, you ought not be in the sun at that time. Damage caused by excessive sun exposure is painful to begin with, and it also leaves permanent traces, which may not be visible at first, but will be visible with time.
In addition to that, keep in mind that you can get the precious vitamin D, necessary for your body, after spending only 20 minutes in the sun. Vitamin D is an important immunomodulator, which means that it stimulates the work of immune cells at low levels (as is the case with infections) and calms the work of the immune system at high levels (in the case of allergies). If you want to make sure you’re getting enough vitamin D, we recommend you take Curcumin Forte+, a vitamin D supplement that will improve your immune function.
Dress in sun protection clothes
Clothes normally don’t provide protection against harmful sun rays. Still, there are some rules, which should not be disregarded:
· Material: Wool protects better than silk, and silk protects better than cotton.
· Colour: Black protects better than light colours.
· Fabric: Dense fabric is better than close fit.
· Dryness: Dry material protects better than wet. A white wet cotton shirt has, e.g. SPF 3.
It’s highly unlikely that you’re going to walk around in the summer carrying a dark knit wool vest, so get yourself sun protecting clothes. That goes without saying for children, because, as you most probably know, you can hardly keep them in one place.
You can get sunburn even when it’s cloudy, and especially when it’s windy
Don’t let yourself be fooled by the pleasant, summer breeze: you also have to protect yourself when the wind blows, so you don’t feel hot and sense that your skin is “burning”. The same goes for cloudy weather – protect yourself at all times. Otherwise, you will be surprised how you managed to get sunburned in cloudy weather.
Apply sun creams after sunbathing
We need the sun to be healthy. And it’s nice and fun to be on the beach. But sunbathing, done excessively, can also be harmful to the skin. Keep in mind that only about 20 minutes of sun exposure in the summer can fill all your daily needs for vitamin D. Be sure to use lotions and proper skin care products after spending time on the beach. Look for creams and lotions which hydrate the skin, are rich in aloe vera and herbs, such as comfrey, immortelle, dandelion, chamomile, nettle and burdock – they all reduce inflammatory processes (redness).
And be consistent with it, because your healthy skin is worth all the effort.