3 steps to prepare your skin for the sun

3 steps to prepare your skin for the sun

The sea, the beach, the fine sand,… If like us, you are waiting for summer holidays all year long, but you are afraid of the bad sunburn, here are some natural tips to better prepare your skin. Yes because let's be honest, our summer goal is to get a tanned complexion or a golden tan, while protecting our skin, without going through burns and cream spreads !

The diet: prepare your skin from the inside

Even if it is good for your morale, the sun remains a real aggression for your skin. And to better arm yourself against its dangers, you will first have to boost your immune system by replenishing your body with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals through an appropriate diet. Yes, because if you follow us closely, you know that nutrition (article link) plays a major role in the health and appearance of your skin.

Fatty acids to help your skin regenerate

Even if it is good for your morale, the sun remains a real aggression for your skin. And to better arm yourself against its dangers, you will first have to boost your immune system by replenishing your body with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals through an appropriate diet. Yes, because if you follow us closely, you know that nutrition (article link) plays a major role in the health and appearance of your skin.

Fill up with vitamin C to prepare your tan

The best sources of vitamin C: lemon, blackcurrant, cabbage, kiwi, pepper, or strawberry. Something to delight your greengrocer, and your silhouette! But above all, they are powerful allies to prepare your skin for tanning, delaying sunburn or promoting skin healing and collagen production against cell aging. The Brazilian barbados cherry is also a very good source: it is 30 times more powerful in vitamin C than an orange. And that's great because it's the active ingredient in our Electric Vitamin Fresh Cleanse for face care; or the active ingredient capsule to insert into your HyLab personal skincare lab to create your custom face skincare.

The Beta carotene to give a healthy glow

Carrots (to be eaten rather raw), tomatoes, melon, mangoes, dried apricots,… are essential if you want to look good and strut around with an intense and lasting tan! As well as urucum (or coochoo): this plant is used by Amazonian Indians as a colouring agent for food and as a skin protector. It is 100 times richer in beta carotene than carrot and is also known for its antioxidant effects.

Hydration: the starting point of tanning

To have a beautiful tan, the skin must therefore be healthy and full of vitality. But it must also be well hydrated! So remember to adopt your summer routine at least a month before your first exposure by more moisturizing your skin. For example, add a moisturizing serum before applying your traditional cream.

Also prepare your skin by removing dead skin to make your tan smoother and long-lasting. That's a good pretext to give you a hammam break with a sweet scrub with soft soap, a few days before your departure. On the other hand, avoid repeating scrubs during periods of regular exposure because your skin needs to thicken to better protect itself from the sun.

Protection above all

We repeat, we repeat, but exposure to the sun weakens the cells of your skin and accelerates skin aging. So yes you can tan, but stay protected if you don't want to finish all creased up!

No excuses!

Sun protection is essential, even if you are already tanned, yes! Because if tanned skin is less sensitive to sunburn than white skin, it will never escape the dangers of the sun and the harmful effect of UV rays. And even if the weather is cloudy: protect yourself anyway, sunburn is never very far away and UV rays can partially go through clouds, without necessarily being the feeling of heat on the skin.

Choose the right protection level

The secret to effective protection: choose a high SPF (Sun Protection Factor)! Yes, because a low protection rating will not allow you to tan faster, and a high protection rating will not prevent you from tanning. It will protect you better, your skin will be more hydrated and thinner, and your tan will last longer.

But be careful! Just because you protect yourself more strongly, does not mean you can stay longer in the sun, renewing your sunscreen less often, no no! Even with a high SPF, you should reapply at least every 2 hours and after each swim, to protect your skin. And of course, avoid making pancakes in the sun between 12pm and 4pm, when the sun is most aggressive.

Last but not least, enjoy, rest & chill, it's the holidays!