Sensible sunbathing

10 January, 2017

Sunbathing can improve our sex life, protect our body and even help us fight depression. Here you have everything you need to know to make the most out of your sunbathing time without hurting your skin.

Tips for sunbathing

If you’ve been considering a beach destination for next summer, we’re sure sunbathing is totally on your to-do list! However, you need to get your skin and body ready before it, so you can get a long-lasting tan and not hurt your skin on the way. In order to do that, you have to raise your beta carotene intake, which you can achieve by eating cherries. Carrots are also great due to ther high content of alpha and beta carotenes, which are Vitamin A precursors and very useful to protect our skin from external elements. It’s highly recomended to get some skin peeling done so we get rid of the dead cells on our skin, which prevents marks.

Once you’re ready for the sun, it’s necessary to get suncream at least 30 minutes before going out there. You need to do this every time, no matter if it’s sunny or cloudy. You can figure out the right Solar Protection Factor (SPF) for you in any farmacy, where an expert will help you out, or use your experience from previous years. You’d rather wear an SPF that’s too high for you than one that’s too low, so the higher the better. Here you have some tips we gathered from Portalfarma.

  • Never use an SPF under 15 on your first sunbathing session.
  • Get a high SPF suncream if you have fair skin.
  • Get a high SPF suncream for children and pregnant women.
  • Get a high SPF suncream if you do water or mountain sports.
  • Don’t trust SPF 50+ sunscreens, as they don’t grant you full radiation protection.
  • Notice the different between “water resistant” and “water proof”. Water resistant means the cream doesn’t lose its features after 40′ in touch with water. If it’s waterproof, it means this effect is extended to up to 80′. Anyways, experts recommend to reapply after a 20 minute bathe.
  • Try not to fall asleep under the sun and avoid being exposed to the sun for a long time.
  • If you have sensitive skin, suncream is not enough: protect your skin with clothes and your head with a cap or a hat.
  • Don’t use perfume or makeup when sunbathingNo uses colonias ni cosméticos para tomar el sol.
  • Sometimes we need to apply very high SPF sunscreen or even avoid sunbathing althogether in cases of phototypes one or two (very fair or sensitive skin), pregnancy or a skin cancer background.
  • Protect your eyes with high quality sunglasses.
  • Don’t use suncream you opened last year.
  • Pay attention to changes in the colour, shape or size of your marks, beauty marks or freckles.
  • Ask your chemist if you’re following any treatment.

When is it more dangerous to sunbathe?

  • Solar radiation is higher from 12 to 16h, so it’s better to avoid those times.
  • The risk of sunburnts goes higher the higher you are. Don’t forget to wear suncream if you’re climbing or hiking.
  • Radiation intensifies close to the equator, as the Sun falls vertically against the Earth.
  • The sunlight is stronger during the summer.
  • Snow, sand, water and grass reflect the sun beams, amplifying their effect on our skin.

Some myths about tanning

  • Spending the day under the beach umbrella doesn’t fully protect you against solar radiation, as the sunlight reflect on the sand and hits your body even if you’re not under the sun.
  • A lot of people think that suncream is not necessary once you get tanned. That is totally wrong, as natural tan mildly protects the skin against UVB radiation and doesn’t protect it against UVA radiation.
  • Even if it’s not sunny, sunscreen is necessary, as the clouds only filter a 10% of the sun radiation.
  • A high SPF sunscreen makes the tan last for a longer time and and protects the skin agains sunburns.
  • You’ve surelly heard about the skin’s memory: sun damage acummulate over the years in our skin, which can regenerate important burns, even the ones got during childhood.
  • Sunbathing favours aging, wrinkles and marks.

Remember all the above when the time comes in the summer! A sensible sunbathing has a number of benefits and it’s nice, but being responsible is essential to protect our skin.


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