With the first rays of sunshine approaching, team l'APerçu would have liked a little extra attention to proper sun protection. Read on and enjoy the sun!
The sun is coming out and we want to take advantage of it to get a tan and a healthy glow!
For a beautiful tan, and healthy skin, it is necessary to prepare your skin well before exposing yourself to the sun.
How to prepare your skin
In order to prepare your skin for the sun, there is no secret: HYDRATION and PROTECTION.
So the first step is to moisturise your skin from the inside by drinking plenty of water.
Then, moisturise from the outside by applying a moisturiser or an oil according to your skin type and preferences. Of course, pay attention to choose products with natural compositions, preferably certified organic, which protect your health and the environment.
In order for the tan to last and to eliminate dead skin cells, it is also necessary to exfoliate the skin. Use a scrub once or twice a week and then apply a moisturiser for a soft, smooth skin.
Of course, you should always apply sun cream, which is essential for protecting yourself from the sun's harmful rays. For the first few exposures, choose a high protection factor, SPF50 for example. Choose a cream that is suitable for application to the face and body.
On sunny days, even if you are not going to the beach or doing any activity in the sun, remember to apply a sun cream to your face every morning before leaving home.
When going out in the sun
When going out in the sun, you need to take precautions to avoid sunburn and sunstroke.
To gently accustom your body to the first few exposures, it is important to think about exposing yourself gradually and above all to avoid the hours of strongest sunlight (from 12pm to 4pm).
Also remember to keep well hydrated, take a thermos with you to keep your water cool all day. You can also adapt your diet with water-filled ingredients that also help you stay hydrated: cucumbers, tomatoes, watermelon, salad, etc.
Finally, don't forget to protect your skin with an organic, natural and environmentally friendly sun cream! Make sure you put on sun cream where it says UVB and UVA circled on the bottle. Two types of UV light are proven to contribute to the risk for skin cancer: Ultraviolet A (UVA) has a longer wavelength, and is associated with skin aging. Ultraviolet B (UVB) has a shorter wavelength and is associated with skin burning.
Apply sun cream generously and evenly to the face and body and remember to reapply every two hours.
And after exposure?
After exposure to the sun, whether it is short or long, it is very important to rehydrate and soothe your skin.
To rehydrate your skin, start by drinking plenty of water. Then apply moisturiser or after-sun lotion, whichever you prefer.
What to do if you get a sunburn?
If you get sunburned despite being careful to protect yourself, here are some tips to help:
Apply an Aloe Vera based gel, with its moisturising and soothing properties it will quickly relieve the skin.
Apply a Soothing SOS Care which soothes and reduces redness, nourishes and promotes rehydration of the skin which is softer and revitalised.
Avoid going back into the sun for the next few days until the sunburn has subsided.
Drink plenty of water to rehydrate your body