We’ve had our first gorgeous sunny spell of 2018 in the UK and so I want to discuss some important skin care tips to keep your skin looking gorgeous at all times. I am a traditional tanning girl (no sunbeds or fake tans at all) and I am guilty of neglecting my skin sometimes when I want to get some colour. DO NOT neglect your skin if you like laying in the sun but particularly if you use sunbeds.
Now then the first port of call for any tanning venture is suntan lotion (yup that’s right). So suntan lotion does not stop you from tanning but it does give you some protection from the harmful rays of the sun. The higher the SPF of your lotion, the more protection you have against these rays. Also never forget to put suntan lotion on the bottoms of your feet, we always forget that part but trust me it is so painful when burnt its not worth it.
I’ve found that better quality suntan lotions are better for gaining a tan as well as offering the protection needed. I generally use Piz Buin with an SPF of 15. When abroad I tend to use lotion with an SPF of 30. I use Piz Buin as it is moisturizing but not oily or greasy. Lotions like these offer great protection against sun induced premature skin aging.
Another way to look after your skin in the sun is to stay hydrated. Like even more than usual. It’s important to stay hydrated at all times drinking 2-4L a day. When sweating this intake needs to increase. If dehydrated stay away from salty foods as this will further dehydrate your cells. However salty foods should be ingested when sweating as you lose a lot of sodium and this can lead to further aging of the skin. Make sure you stay well hydrated when eating salty foods.
The best thing you can do for your skin in the summer is to only stay outside for short periods of time. Long hours in the sun can also age your skin as well as dry it out and cause other problems if this is done regularly.
Once you’ve finished tanning, I always find it lovely jumping into the shower. This allows your skin to cool down as well as providing some hydration to the outer layers. Moisturizing aftersun lotion is also great for your skin after tanning. It helps bring out your tan as well as cooling down your skin and offering more moisture keeping your skin young and fresh. I’ve found many cheap aftersun lotion do the trick so you don’t need to spend huge amounts of money on this.
You don’t need to use after sun if you don’t want but try to get a body moisturizer. This will help keep the skin soft and smooth. This will not make your tan stand out as much as after suns though but it does provide the skin care.
Other tips for taking care of your skin include wearing a hat when out in the sun. Not only will this protect your neck and scalp from getting burnt it also helps keep the scalp cool keeping away sunstroke. Another is wearing sunglasses although technically not skin care, eye protection should be considered to protect your sight.
I’m sure most of you like me will remove your makeup before tanning. If not, it is advisable especially as we never wear enough foundation to get the SPF the bottle claims. Other than that your pores should be clear when sweating otherwise they could get clogged and you end up with spots. I generally keep my eyebrows on just because it provides a nice guide each day when I’m tanned.
Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoyed this post even though it’s a little different to what you usually find here. Let me know in the comments what you think and please join me again for another post.
Following my own tips I managed to get this is 3 days