Tips: how to sunbathe safely!
Think ‘summer’ and then next to bikinis a summer tan also comes to mind. This summer glowlooks healthy and makes you seem slimmer. Meta: Safe sunbathing is vital. We want to combat skin ageing and damage, but do you know all these tips & tricks? Read all about it here and get yourself well-prepared!
Check your skin type.
Know what your skin type is? Safe sunbathing begins with getting to know your own skin.
-Is your skin light-coloured (with freckles) and you turn red easily? Then it’s advisable to apply high factor protection and above all stay out of the sun, or cover up well.
-Is your skin light-coloured, but you tan quickly? Lucky you! Build up gradually and you’ll get a great tan. Apply a high factor protection for the first few days, then you can safely switch to a medium factor by the end of the holiday. Be sure to apply more after every dip!
-Is your skin olive-coloured and you never burn? Yes girl! You don’t have to worry too much about being in the sun. But do apply sun protection if you want to avoid dry skin and early skin ageing.
Now you know your skin type and the right protection, there are countless options to choose from. Do you go for a cream, spray, gel, or lotion? Be aware that they are often most effective within 12 months. Perhaps you still have some from last summer. Then check the best-by-date, but it’s often wise to buy a new one.
Here are all the sun-protection factors:
Very high protection: SPF 50+
High protection: SPF 30 – 50
Medium protection: SPF 15 – 25
Low protection: SPF 2 -10
And don’t forget to protect your hair (and scalp)! Between 12.00 and 15.00 when the sun is strongest, you can best wear a hat as well as using a protection product.
Build up sun exposure hours gradually, so that your skin can adjust to it. The chance of heatstroke is high when you suddenly lie in the sun all day and don’t hydrate regularly. But what is heatstroke actually?
When your body is heated, the body temperature rises and you start to sweat. Your body gets overheated if you don’t drink enough liquids and your body can no longer cool down. A body temperature above 40 degrees centigrade is one of the symptoms of heatstroke. Headache, dizziness and nausea are other body signals that you should get out of the sun. Recognise this? Then get out of the sun right away, find a cool place and drink water or a sports drink. Take time to recover and avoid the sun for a while.
Oops! So, you weren’t careful enough and your skin is now lobster-red and feels tight? Then you’re sunburnt. The most important thing to do now is to treat your skin well and keep out of the sun for a while. Buy a good after-sun lotion containing aloe vera (cools and soothes) and apply regularly. It’s advisable to cover your skin with soft, light-weight fabric (tight jeans are a real no-go). And stay out of the sun for 24 – 48 hours to give your skin a chance to recover.
Take these tips on board as a good preparation for the summer holidays or your next sunny break. Is your bikini collection up to date? See our new swimwear fashion collection right now.
- 03 December, 2020