Do you dream of the perfect tan, intense, uniform, healthy and long-lasting? Below you will discover how to achieve it by following a few simple recommendations.
1. Prepare your skin for a perfect tan
To promote a perfect tan, it is highly advisable to prepare your skin before exposure to the sun. You can use an exfoliant for your face and body weeks prior to the holidays at least once a week. This removes the so-called “dead cells”, thus avoiding an “uneven” tan. All you have to do is distribute the product evenly and massage in a gentle circular motion from the bottom up, not forgetting critical areas such as the armpits and the inside of the knees. Then, rinse off with cool water and apply your favorite moisturizing lotion.
Advantages of body scrub (Body exfoliation)
Exfoliation is the essential ritual to remove dead cells from our body, particularly the areas most exposed to external agents.
- Cleanses the skin of impurities: exfoliation stimulates cell regeneration and superficial blood microcirculation.
- Eliminates blemishes and helps to even out skin tone.
- Prevents premature aging: during exfoliation, cell regeneration is accelerated and blood circulation is activated, this allows the skin to receive more nutrients and oxygen.
- Detoxifies: helps stimulate the proper functioning of the lymphatic system to eliminate toxins through the pores of the skin. Also, the skin appears much smoother, brighter and more even.
- In our beauty center in Barcelona we offer body exfoliation treatments to regenerate your skin and massages with essential oils to provide deep hydration to your body.
To prepare the skin for exposure from the inside, it is also useful to take, at least a month before, a supplement rich in carotenoids and antioxidants.
2. Expose yourself gradually and at the right times
To encourage melanin production, it would be good to gradually expose yourself in the first few days. Therefore, it is better to have a short but constant exposure compared to endless sessions in the sun, which can cause burns. In fact, the tan during the first days is due to the melanin already available in the epidermis, but it is destined to disappear in a short time. Furthermore, it is sufficient to be exposed to the sun for a maximum of 45 minutes a day, since beyond this limit no more melanin is produced. To obtain a perfect tan while preserving the health of the skin, it is necessary to avoid the central hours of the day. In fact, the best time is in the morning until 11 and in the afternoon after 16. Also, if you move, the tan will be more homogeneous.
3. Diet and hydration
To promote good skin pigmentation, it is ideal to adopt a diet rich in beta-carotene and vitamins C, E and A at least one month before exposure. So go ahead with seasonal fruits (apricots, peaches, and cantaloupe) and carrots, bell peppers, tomatoes, and dried fruit. To help the skin stay hydrated, it is essential to drink at least 1.5 or 2 liters of water per day (or natural juices and centrifuges). When food alone is not enough, it is also possible to use specific solar supplements, based on natural extracts and antioxidant vitamins. For example, Bronzea’t by TweeG, based on Beta-carotene, L-Tyrosine, L-Cystine., Vitamin B.
4. Adequate protection
To get a good tan without running the risk of burning and peeling, you should always use a sunscreen that is appropriate for your skin type. The solar product you choose must be able to protect against all types of ultraviolet radiation (UVB, short UVA and long UVA); to be photostable (that is, it does not change with light); safe, non-toxic and non-sensitizing; resistant to water (or “very resistant to water”) and sweat; Easy to apply and pleasant on the skin.
Other factors that can influence the effectiveness of sunscreen
Phototype. Fair-skinned, fair-skinned people (especially those with freckles and blonde or red hair) should be particularly diligent when applying sunscreen (or protecting their skin with clothing and hats). Duration and expected exposure time. Altitude. UV radiation is estimated to increase by 4% for every 1000 meters of altitude. Therefore, at higher altitudes, sunscreen should be applied and reapplied more often Latitude. the intensity of the sun becomes greater if you get closer to the equator, therefore you should also adapt your sun protection strategies. Climatic characteristics. High levels of temperature and humidity trigger increased perspiration, decreasing the potential effectiveness of the sunscreen. Age. Children and the elderly require a higher protection factor. Presence of any reflective surface. Sand, snow, ice and water can reflect up to 80% of UV rays, intensifying the exposure (reflected radiation). The simultaneous intake of medication or the presence of any pathology can increase sensitivity to the sun.
5. After-sun care
A perfect and homogeneous tan requires adequate hydration of the skin which, especially at sea or in the pool, is subject to dryness caused by the wind, chlorine and salt. That is why after each “sunbath”, in the evening after showering, it is good to rehydrate the epidermis with a specific product. Essential oils are helpful in keeping the skin soft and hydrated and have a soothing and refreshing action. For example, argan oil is very suitable for hydrating and repairing cells after sun exposure.