How to protect your skin at the sun? How can you get a fantastic tan? How can you avoid annoying reddening of the skin? Follow our advices for a sublime golden skin all summer long!
Summer 2014 has finally arrived and many of us are setting off for the first weekends at the sea, on the lake, or trips to the mountains (and the luckiest have already flown off to enjoy an holiday in some exotic location or city of art!). Whether you will be, by the sea or in the mountains, in the country or in the town, the sun will accompany you for the next few months… so let’s turn it into a precious friend and ally for our beauty!How? By following a few simple rules that will help us getting only the best from the sun!
1) CHOOSE THE SUN CREAM MOST SUITED TO YOUR PHOTOTYPE.
If you have very pale skin and red or blond hair, prefer creams with VERY HIGH SPF 50+ or HIGH SPF 30 or 50; if you have pale skin and brown hair, use protection from MEDIUM SPF 15 or 20 or 25 to HIGH SPF 30 or 50; instead, if you have a dark complexion and black or brown hair you can opt for lower protection factors LOW SPF 6 or 10 or MEDIUM SPF for the first tan (our Sun Argan Line satisfies most requirements!).Beware of products that claim protection factors higher than 50+ or total protection, because they do not exist and are “forbidden” by law.
2) PAY ATTENTION TO SUN SCREENS.
Check that some fundamental symbols are marked on the package such as the letters UVA inside a circle (indicating that the cream protects against UVA rays, harmful because they are responsible for ageing of the skin) and the letters UVB (referring to the protection factor, or SPF, because they act directly on the skin).
3) DO NOT USE SUN CREAMS OPENED THE YEAR BEFORE AND, ABOVE ALL, APPLY THE CORRECT QUANTITY.
Redness and burns are caused by the improper use of sun products:it is good practice to buy new sunscrens every year, because products bought the year before could have lost their protective efficiency or, even worse, they could have expired.The PAO symbol must appear on the package, indicating the product life after opening.
4) APPLY CREAM AT LEAST 20 MINUTES BEFORE EXPOSURE AND REPEAT THE OPERATION FREQUENTLY.
The product should be applied at home, so as to protect also the parts of the body covered by your swimsuit or clothing, at least 20-30 minutes before exposure:in fact, once you are outside, the skin is already vulnerable and risking sunburn.It is also important to reapply the sun cream about every two hours, and always after bathing, so as not to alter its protective efficiency.
5) ATTENTION TO THE MOST DELICATE PARTS OF THE BODY.
It is a very common mistake to forget to spread the cream in some of the most sensitive parts of the skin: so pay attention to your lips, fingers and soles of your feet, the back of your neck and hairline, the backs of your legs and your ears.
6) APPLY THE CREAM EVEN UNDER THE BEACH UMBRELLA AND IN CLOUDY WEATHER.
Don’t be deceived by dull weather or by the protection of the beach umbrella: in both cases the sun’s rays can still filter through and reach your skin. For this reason it is always necessary applying sun protection so that you are safe against any risk!
7) GET PLENTY OF MOISTURE FROM WATER, FRUIT AND VEGETABLES.
In the sun our body is subjected to higher stress and perspiration:drink plenty of water and snack on fruit and vegetables (peaches, carrots, tomatoes, salad, melon, water-melon) which are rich in vitamins and mineral salts. If they are orange in colour, even better! They will give a boost to your tan!
8) ALWAYS USE AFTER-SUN.
At the end of the day your skin needs to be moisturised and refreshed with specific products: a nourishing and soothing after-sun cream gives freshness and hydration to skin stressed by prolonged exposure to the sun (Sun Argan After Sun or After Sun Dry Oil). At the first sign of flaking, remedy with a peeling that eliminates the dead cells and will prolong your tan (like Sun Body Scrub).
9) ATTENTION TO MEDICINAL PRODUCTS.
The use of some medicines may cause unpleasant dermatological reactions after exposure of the skin to the sun. Read leaflets and consult your doctor immediately if you notice any unusual reddening.
10) AVOID EXPOSURE IN THE HOTTEST HOURS OF THE DAY.
The secret for a sublime tan is a colour that darkens gradually without overloading the skin with the most harmful rays. We therefore advise you not to go out in the sun in the hottest hours, from 12 to 16, and to prefer the sun early in the morning and towards sunset.
Take care of these precious advices all the summer long and you can enjoy the sun without any worries.
HAVE A GOOD TIME IN THE SUN!