Most of us love flaunting our -obtained through blood, sweat and tears- toned bikinibodies during summertime. So when the sun is shining, we all stroll around the beach, take a dive into the sea (or pool) and settle ourselves on a bath towel, sunbathing. Whilst sunbathing, your skin bears UVB/UVA radiation from the sun. UVB rays harm your skin on the surface causing sunburn and redness. UVA rays on the other hand do much more harm below the surface. Those rays damage the connective tissue, which makes the skin loose its elasticity. What it (could) mean(s) in practical terms: wrinkles, pigmentation and (god forbid) skin cancer.
Don’t completely freak out by avoiding the sun from now on. The sun has its benefits, like producing vitamin D3 (prevents getting osteoporosis). A normal healthy diet doesn’t contain enough vitamin D, so 15 minutes without sunblock is enough. Sunblock partially prevents your body from absorbing vitamin D from the sun, so a few minutes without protecting has its perks. To be completely safe -better safe than sorry- I came up with a precautionairy list of the best way to properly protect yourself from the sun:
- No more than 15 minutes without sunblock a day.
- 30 Minutes before you go sunbathing rub in your skin with sunblock.
- Avoid the sun between 12:00 and 15:00 hours.
- Sitting in the shadow (under the sunshades) doesn’t mean UV-rays can’t touch you. So use sunblock!
- Some skincare products, moisturizers and BB- or CC-creams contain SPF (Sun Protection Factor). For example: Clinique CC Cream Superdefense SPF 30 or Age Defense BB Cream SPF 30.
- Mostly SPF 15 works in winter, but during summertime it isn’t enough. Make sure you always use SPF 20 or higher. Especially albino’s, redheads and people with skin diseases need high SPF’s.
- The amount of sunblock determines if you are protected sufficiently. If you don’t use the amount required a factor 30 could mean a factor 10 instead. These are the amounts needed for every bodypart: face size of a euro coin for face, neck and throat, arms one teaspoon per arm, legs one dining spoon per leg, chest, belly and hips one dining spoon, back one dining spoon.
- Great sunblock products: Biodermal sunspray (aerosol) UVA/UVB SPF 30 or 50, Clinique City Block Sheer SPF 25, Eucerin Allergy Protection cream gel SPF 25, L’Oréal Paris Mythical Bronze Oil SPF 30.
I hope these tips & tricks will help you sunbathe savely. Because once again: better safe than sorry.