Plan Your Tan!
Sun-kissed skin is on everyone’s wish-list every summer, but you don’t want it sun-bitten, do you?
Take a look at my guide to sun protection to make sure you’re going about it the right way to get that perfect bronze.
Know your rays:
UVAgeing: these rays get to the deeper layers of skin & cause long-term damage to the skin
UVBurning: they visibly affect your skin — sunburns, redness and tanning is all caused by UVB, and so is skin cancer!
Sunscreen, Sunblock, or Tanning Oil?
Yes, sunscreen & sunblock are 2 different things.
Sunblock contains physical ingredients that act as a wall between the sun & the skin. However, the only act upon the UVB rays by scattering them.
Sunscreen, on the other hand, contains chemicals that provide your skin with protection by absorbing the UV rays and breaking them down. Since they act upon both UVA and UVB rays, they’re a better option for more protection.
Tanning Oil/Lotion on the other hand is basically an oil/lotion that has very low SPF (Sun Protection Factor), or sometimes even none! It helps to speed up the tanning process, but it’s also very harmful.
When should I apply sunscreen?
The answer is EVERY DAY!
You could be in the mountains or swimming in the sea, but you’ll need the protection equally.
There may be less sun up in the mountains, but UV exposure increases by 4-5% every 1000 feet above sea level. So all the more reason to lather up!
Even if you’re mostly indoors, remember that UVA rays can penetrate glass!
I use a moisturising lotion daily after my shower which has an SPF of 20. But I turn the SPF up a notch when I hit the water to about a 50.
How much should I use?
If you’re out and about, you should be reaching out to your sunscreen and re-applying every 2-3 hours.
You get plenty of small bottles, so make sure you keep one in your handbag too!
Which kind is right for my skin?
If you’ve got:
Oily skin: Pick one with a mattifying effect. Go for gels and sprays!
Normal skin: Pick a light lotion. I use Vichy Milk Spray with SPF 50.
Dry skin: Pick a thick cream or lotion that’ll help protect your skin from cracking.
Once you’re done with the day under the sun, always remember that your skin needs some post-sun protection too.
There are plenty of fancy after-sun gels and creams in the market, but anything with aloe-vera should do the trick. Aloe-vera basically cools and soothes the skin. I use Vaseline Aloe Fresh Moisturizing Gel to repair my skin!
Also, don’t forget to wear a lip balm with SPF 15 at the least. Plus sun hats always make for great accessories!
Prepare your beach bag with the right sun-protection, and your skin shall thank you later.