Despite what some articles would have you believe, spending time out in the sun can have great benefits for your skin, body, and your overall mental health. That said, the intensity of the sun’s rays should not be underestimated, and you should still take precautions when planning to spend extended periods of time outside. Here are a few guidelines to help reap all the benefits of sunlight, without falling victim to the dreaded sunburn.
Use sunscreen, not sunblock
Remember when your mother wouldn’t let you run rampant on the beach until you had been slathered with sun lotion? It’s been hammered into us since childhood that we should not spend hours in the sun without protection. Unfortunately, you may have been using the wrong sort of protection. There are two types of sun lotion designed to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. Sunblock is a physical kind of lotion, containing both organic and non-organic ingredients that sit on top of the skin acting as a barrier between your skin and damaging UV rays by reflecting or scattering the light. Sunscreen is a chemical lotion that penetrates the skin and filters the sun’s UV rays. Essentially, it keeps most rays out but lets some in, which means that your skin can absorb the Vitamin D emitted by the sun.
Make sure your sunscreen is appropriate for your skin
Not all facial products are created equal, and some are better suited for your skin than others. This should be no different for sunscreen, especially if you’re prone to breakouts. Check out www.beautyambition.com or similar websites to learn more about which kind of sunscreen is best suited to your skin type. There is no need to choose between adequate protection from the sun and blemish-free skin this summer.
Build up a resistance
Even if your skin isn’t prone to sunburn, bear in mind that you have not had extreme sun exposure for several months. To avoid getting burned the first time you step out into the sunlight, make sure you build up a resistance to the harmful rays. Start by lying out in the sun for only 15 minutes, and increase it by five minutes every week. Even after you’ve built up your tolerance to the sun, make sure you don’t sunbathe between 10 am and 4 pm when the sun burns at its brightest. Even with precautions, this is still peak sunburn time.
Look after your skin
If you want your tan to look flawless, you need to take good care of your skin before, during, and after spending time in the sun. Continue to exfoliate and moisturize on a daily basis, keep hydrated, seek shade during peak sunlight hours, and make sure you apply an aftersun lotion after you’ve been out all day. Aftersun lotion can replenish lost moisture in the skin, and soothe the heat that is still radiating from it. Ideally, use an aloe vera based lotion. Aloe vera can replenish the moisture on the skin in small doses.