Summer is approaching fast, bringing with it lazy days in the sun. Sometimes, it can be difficult to get a tan that looks good and lasts. However, with a few easy, natural tricks, you can get a better, longer-lasting tan, and prepare your skin for the sun. It goes without saying that you should never expose your skin to the sun without protection.
When you go out in the sun, you expose your skin to UVA and UVB rays.
UVA rays penetrate deep into the dermis and are responsible for pigmentation marks, skin ageing and wrinkles.
UVB rays penetrate less deeply, and can cause sunburn and blisters. They are a major cause of skin cancer.
Not everyone is equal when it comes to UV rays. In fact, your skin reacts differently depending on your phototype (find out your phototype) . Some people get sunburn from the slightest exposure, while other people tan straight away.
Preparing your skin for sun exposure starts with the basics: lots of vitamins and minerals! Your diet should also include plenty of essential fatty acids, which favour skin regeneration, reduce water loss through the skin, and boost hydration. Fatty acids are found in grape seed oil, sunflower oil, soybean oil and especially in hemp oil. It is also important to eat foods that are rich in vitamin A, which helps cell renewal. Finally, foods rich in beta-carotene are of course indispensable to achieve an attractive tan. Carrots, tomatoes, mangoes, oranges and sweet potatoes are all good sources.
Basically, the most important thing is to eat lots of (seasonal) fruits and vegetables. The more colourful they are, the richer they are in antioxidants, which are essential to protect the skin from UV rays and keep it supple.
Exfoliating right will help your tan last longer, but it doesn’t prepare your skin for the sun’s rays!
Nevertheless, it is always a good idea to exfoliate before sun exposure.
It will give you a more even and longer-lasting tan, because it removes dead cells, which will dull your tanned complexion. Be careful to choose a gentle exfoliating product, and to exfoliate no more than once a week, to avoid damaging your epidermis.
We love Beauty Garden body scrub with beet sugar (organic). It is suitable for dry and sensitive skin, thanks to the grains of sugar which dissolve on the skin and the gel which turns into a lotion when rinsed.
However, you don’t need to buy an exfoliating scrub: you can make your own! Just mix 4 tablespoons of your chosen plant oil (or best of all, use hemp oil. ^^) with a little sugar, and you’re ready to exfoliate!
The hydration stage is often neglected, but it is vitally important. Well hydrated and deeply nourished skin is essential to get a good tan.
Obviously, above all, you need to drink lots of water (around 1.5 L per day), to properly hydrate your body. This also reduces your risk of heat stroke.
Equally, you need to moisturise the skin on your body and face, with a cream or oil. Well hydrated skin is less vulnerable to sun damage than dry skin, so make sure you hydrate deeply for a few days before sun exposure!
Cannabis oil is 4 to 40 times more concentrated than other plant oils such as argan, coconut or avocado oil. It is rich in omega 3s and 6s, which help to keep the skin hydrated and strengthen the skin barrier. This makes cannabis oil ideal for hydrating your skin before exposing it to the sun’s harmful rays.
Follow this routine, every morning:
We can’t emphasise this enough: no sun exposure without sun protection. The skin can never be truly prepared for the sun’s rays, so it is essential to choose the right sun protection for your skin. Don’t hesitate to start with SPF 50 (below SPF 30, the protection is very weak). And above all, protect your skin whenever it is exposed to the sun, not just on the beach. That includes walks, or eating outside. Keep some sunscreen in your bag, so it’s always there when you need it!
There are some great organic, vegan sun creams available, such as the UVBio sunscreen range.
Finally, remember to use moisturising lotion or oil on the days following sun exposure, to hydrate the deep layers of the epidermis. This will help you keep your tan for longer and prevent peeling skin!
We recommend MIMITIKA after sun lotion, which is vegan and cruelty-free, with adorable packaging!
Now you have everything you need to prepare your skin for the sun, and sport a great tan this summer!