Most of us already know that the sun causes premature wrinkles or dark spots on the face. However, there are still many myths and half-truths out there about sun protection. We’re here to help you learn how to sunbathe while protecting your skin.
The sun provides the very important vitamin D, but longer sun exposure can also bring about some unwanted effects. Besides sunburn, you might get more wrinkles and hyperpigmentation – but most importantly, it increases the risk of skin cancer, also known as melanoma. So it is important to build a proper sun-care routine. Let’s start by going through the six main myths about sunbathing
If you’ve already bought a good nourishing cream with an SPF and you use it in the morning before putting on your makeup, well done! But it won’t protect you all day long. The SPF decreases after 2 hours and if you want to catch some sun throughout the day, you need to reapply it regularly. You can use for example the Piz Buin Instant Glow spray that we love for its light texture and illuminating effect.
Most regular foundations have SPF 15 or 20, but if you really want to protect the delicate skin of your face and avoid premature ageing, the dermatologists say you need to use at least SPF 30. That will help you get a tan in a safer way. However, this doesn’t mean you should stop paying attention to how long you’re staying in the sun. Sunscreen only reduces the harmful effects of sunlight – so you should not sunbathe for more than two hours.
It’s true that people with light and freckled skin have a higher risk of melanoma. But that doesn’t mean that people with dark skin don’t need to worry. You might not immediately notice the sunburn by its colour, but you still could develop a melanoma. So the rule is simple – protect your skin even if it’s naturally dark! You don’t need the highest factor, SPF 30 will be enough. Try, for instance, the Bioderma Photoderm Bronz dry oil in spray.
The harmful UV light penetrates even clouds and can affect your skin. These sun rays don’t feel warm on your skin, so you can’t just assume that cold weather will protect you. Your skin can get damaged in the shade or when it’s overcast and windy.
This myth started in the 90s: “You need to get some tan before going on holiday, that way you’ll be protected from any sunburn.” It’s not true and there is no way to speed up the tanning process. So how to get a tan safely? Don’t worry, an SPF will not prevent you from achieving the right sexy shade. Use, for instance, the nourishing La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL oil that allows for an even application.
Yes, the redness will go away – but the damage it caused deep inside your skin could affect your life even years after by bringing about wrinkles, changes in pigmentation, or scaliness.
So what’s the best way to avoid it? You can, for example, make use of the ultra light Vichy Idéal Soleil SPF 50 cream for face and body.
Most of us don’t bother using an SPF on a daily basis, because if you don’t manage to pick the right product, very often you’ll be left with white streaks and clogged pores. But that’s no reason to give up! You just need to find the right one. For normal and dry skin you can use oil-based products which don’t leave a white cast. And if you suffer from shiny skin and increased sebum production, you want to go for the Avene Cleanance Solaire SPF 50 – a mattifying sunscreen for acne-prone skin.
There are some areas of our bodies we often forget to protect with a sunscreen. If you want to do it right, you need to also apply the product to the parting in your hair, your earlobes, and the back of your hands – especially the last bit is important if you want to keep your hands looking youthful. If you don’t protect your skin, your hands will develop dark spots which really age them visually.
Most of our partners don’t like using any kind of body lotion or a similar product – and our kids are no better. But maybe you can make it more fun for them! The kids will love the Bioderma Photoderm KID Lotion with SPF 50+, a special sunscreen lotion in Smurf blue, and men might appreciate the Vichy Capital Soleil Beach Protect – a multi-purpose spray with SPF 50+ which doesn’t leave an oily film, goes on quickly and easily, and is both water- and sweat-resistant.
Now you know that when summer comes, you’ll be ready with a selection of sun-care products for yourself and your entire family. So enjoy the first summer days without worry!