In visiting any beaches of the world, one of your goals – besides rubbing yourself in healing black mud, getting pampering spa treatments and enjoying the beautiful landscapes and seascapes – may be getting a nice tan. So if you are sensitive to sunburn, this is definitely a good reason to spend you next vacation at a beach (however, using sunblock is still recommended).
So how does one get a tan safely?
- Leave your hat on
Ever get sunburned on your scalp? That’s horrible, isn’t it? Not only do the visible parts of your scalp glow in bright red through your hair, it also feels you were attacked by swarm of bees – and brushing your hair is a nightmare. A good way to avoid that, as well as protect your face from future wrinkles and your eyes from direct sunlight, is wear a hat, preferably a wide-brimmed one. Also you can wear long sleeved shirts, pants,sunglasses to cover up your skin and apply a sunscreen.
Some articles which warn you about the harmful effects of exposure to the sun sometimes forget to mention its benefits: it promotes the synthesis of vitamin D in your body, it helps regulate your mood and it also helps regulate your circadian rhythm, which is responsible for your sleeping patterns. So tanning can actually be considered a form of sun therapy. Avoid sun in the middle of the day from about 10 am to 3 pm. The ultraviolet rays, which cause sunburn are strongest during this time.
The more the sun shows its pretty face, the greater our desire is to go outdoors. The sun tends to suck all the moisture out of your skin and can make it dry and flaky even if you didn’t get sunburned. So it’s highly recommended to apply moisturizer to your whole body when you return home after appending several hours in the sun. Here are some few tips:
- use aloe vera gel
- using hydrolates is a must
- perfumes and parabens should be avoided