Increasingly long days and melting snow remind us that summer is fast approaching. Although we couldn’t be happier, the approach of summer also means the return of strong and potentially harmful solar rays to the skin. To ensure your health, well-being and a healthy tan, here’s how to prepare your skin for the sun.
Preparing your skin for the sun starts with good hydration
When it comes to sunlight, moisturizing your skin is essential. Even if a moisturizer is not directly intended to protect your skin from the sun, it can help to limit its harmful effects. The more your skin is exposed to the sun, the more dehydrated it becomes. As it dries out, skin becomes more sensitive to UV damage. By moisturizing your skin properly in anticipation of the sun’s arrival, you will help it build an essential protective layer. Just make sure you choose the right facial cream for your skin’s specific needs.
Exfoliate for a more even tan
To prepare your skin for the sun’s arrival, applying an exfoliating treatment is very important. The main advantage of exfoliation is that it eliminates dead cells that are needlessly spread all over your skin. This simple process results in a more even tan. However, do not exfoliate your skin directly before exposure to the sun. It is best to wait a few days, because your skin is temporarily more vulnerable to UV rays when it is free of dead cells. So be sure to apply sunscreen before going outside.
When nutrition and the sun go hand in hand
A good diet is also essential to prepare your skin while the hot and intense summer sun awaits. Foods rich in beta-carotene are known to improve skin protection against UV rays. Vitamin E, found in almonds, nuts and some vegetable oils, is also very effective in preventing and delaying cell damage caused by the sun.
Gradual exposure as the warm season approaches
As the warm weather sets in, you should gradually expose yourself to the sun, since at the beginning of the season, the skin has not yet had a chance to build its protective layer. Progressive exposure is one of the best ways to prepare your skin. This is even more true if you suffer from facial acne, as the sun’s rays promote hypersecretion of sebum. Start with an initial exposure of a few minutes, then gradually increase the duration of your solar bath. It is very important to alternate between shade and direct sunlight. The advice provided above is still valid here: apply a broad spectrum sunscreen that provides protection against the sun’s rays.
Get radiant skin as the sun arrives
Preparing your skin before sun exposure is good, but after-sun care is just as important. To reduce the impact of UV rays, apply an after-sun treatment that nourishes and regenerates the skin. There is no need to complicate things: an aloe vera gel will do the job very well and reduce the harmful effects of the sun. And if you notice that your skin is red and sore from exposure, avoid the sun for a few days while it heals.
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