The sun on your skin feels great, but it is really important to protect your skin well. Sun is one of the causes of skin aging and it is therefore important to protect yourself not only against sunburn (UVB), but also against skin aging and the risk of skin cancer (UVA). Do you want to know more about how sunscreen works? Or the difference between chemical and natural/mineral/physical filters? Then read this blog.
You can read 10 tips to sunbathe your mind here.
1. Responsible sunscreen
Lubricate your skin with sufficient sunscreen, such as the SPF30 from Food for Skin . Economical lubrication does not provide enough coverage. How long does sunscreen work? The SPF indicates the factor of the sunburn and therefore how often you should apply it. Want to know more about what SPF actually is and how it works? You can read that here .
2. Avoid the sun
Avoid the sun completely between noon and 3 p.m. The sun is then the strongest.
3. Tan safely
Food for Skin actually advises to always enjoy the sun under a parasol or in the shade. Then 50% of the UV rays will still reach your skin and you will get that beautiful golden complexion without burning or damaging your skin. Also lubricate in the shade!
4. Shelf life sunscreen
Pay attention to the packaging how long you sunburn and thus the factor is still good after opening. The factor decreases when it comes into contact with oxygen. With Food for Skin SPF30 this is 6 months. So choose your use well, because the factor really decreases after 6 months. If you have any left over, you can use the leftovers as a body lotion.
5. Apply before and after swimming
UV rays penetrate to a depth of about 30cm in the water. So always apply before and after swimming. It is also very important after swimming (even if it says water repellent), because you quickly remove your sun protection with your towel. UV radiation can also cause skin aging behind glass (car, windows). 50% can come through glass, so protect yourself behind glass as well.
6. How long should sunscreen be absorbed
You really should apply a chemical filter 30 minutes before going into the sun, because it only works after it has been absorbed into the skin. A physical/mineral filter (such as with Food for Skin) puts a reflective layer on the skin and works immediately. Tips on how to recognize good, natural sunburn with a mineral filter? Read this blog.
7. Be careful with exfoliating and exfoliating
Be careful with exfoliating. Be careful with removing dead skin cells by exfoliating with fruit acids, BHA, AHA or glycol, scrubbing and peeling. These dead skin cells act as a natural protective layer against UV radiation. Your skin looks like baby skin after exfoliating, which is precisely the problem: the rosy new skin is very susceptible to UV radiation and thus accelerates hyperpigmentation and age spots. In the summer, limit exfoliating to once a week and do this in the evening or on a cloudy day.
8. Take care of dry skin due to sun
Take care of the skin after sunbathing by not doing a number of things. Do not use harsh makeup removers, drying soaps in the shower, or exfoliation. What you should do: take care of your skin with super mild products that maintain the moisture balance in the skin, such as the Cucumber Serum from Food for Skin or a body oil without perfume.
9. Pregnancy Sun & Pregnancy Mask
Be very careful during pregnancy and when taking medication. There is a risk of hyperpigmentation (pregnancy mask, age spots). The contraceptive pill can also cause this. Check the package inserts carefully.
10. No perfume in the sun
Do not use perfume when you go out in the sun, as this can cause pigmentation. Some perfumes are specifically made for the sun, but check this carefully.