Thanks to the work of naturopath that I do every morning, never stop learning … today I’ll tell you how you can get a tan in a healthy way!
This is not the usual advice to protect yourself with a simple high protection cream or eat foods containing beta-carotene to help your skin to produce more melanin and thus get a great tan.
What I want to talk then? Read on to find out …
Skin dark spots
Among the most feared drawbacks of solar exposure without protection are definitely the famous sunspots; can appear throughout the body, more or less in a visible way and you can be caused either by factors present that passed. The skin has a “memory”, accumulates the stress suffered over the years and suddenly can trigger your response.
The main causes of skin blemishes can be
- Hormonal changes, as in the case of menopause, pregnancy, polycystic ovary, abortion, etc.
- A local inflammatory condition such as the presence of acne on your face, not properly treated burns, wounds exposed to sunlight, etc.
- The use of photosensitizing drugs such as local anesthetics, birth control pills, antibiotics, antidepressants, antihistamines, cortisone, diuretics. We do not recommend exposure to the sun while taking these drugs (and even months and years after this intake) without adequate sun protection.
Also pay attention to the use of synthetic fragrances in areas exposed to the sun and even check that sunscreen use does not contain.
It is advisable not to take the sun without protection while using some natural products like St. John’s wort, vegetable oils for cosmetic use, and some essential oils.
Positive effects of the sun
Sunbathing has undoubtedly also several positive aspects: it allows the synthesis of vitamin D (a daily exposure of 20 minutes is required for a good summary), has an effect antiseptic and antibacterial (it helps with psoriasis and dermatitis due to its disinfecting power), it allows the photosynthesis melanin (able to absorb most of the radiation), causes the sweating with the production of urocanic acid (natural sunscreen) and gives an important antidepressant effect !
To enjoy all these benefits is important, however, comply with certain rules:
- Choose according to your skin type right protection (skin type)
- Not overdo the exposure time
- Avoid the hours of greatest radiation between 12:00 and 16:00
- Protect your skin with a good sunscreen
It is very important to start all this from the earliest years of life, educating children on the importance of good protection.
You may also like to read another article on Natural-Lotion: Sensitive skin: Causes and remedies
How to choose a good sunscreen
In general, throughout the year we should take precautions in front of the solar radiation, especially in the mountains or during the summer because the sun’s rays have a greater intensity.
Solar radiation UVA are the most feared, as they can penetrate into the dermis of the skin and cause skin cancer, the UVB are less dangerous because they penetrate the epidermal barrier and can produce a simple rash. It is clear that in both cases, the skin is damaged, and then the best thing to do is to protect it from both radiation!
When you are looking for a good sunscreen make sure that specifies both UVA and UVB protection, and that highlights especially the UVA protection declaring both SPF (sun protection factor). Below I show you some examples of lines that meet these criteria, they smell good, and they are absorbed without leaving white skin and give good results to the people who try it. Normally, the protection factor 30 is the one that most will encounter in natural sunscreens but, still reading, they discover a high protective power.
Chemical or natural sunscreen
All sunscreens are measured in SPF (sun protection factor), a value indicating the time during which you can stay in the sun without getting burned. For example, if you normally you’ll burn in 20 minutes (without sunscreen), using a cream with SPF 30, 600 minutes will put us well before you burn yourself (20 minutes x 30 FSP). That’s why it’s so important to use them!
The chemical filters used in creams (like the oxibenzone or benzophenone) are unstable substances that can be absorbed through the skin; some of these sunscreens have demonstrated a behavior carcinogenic, others are potent allergens, others act as endocrine disruptors (alter the functionality of the hormone system).
Normally the creams with chemical filters need about 20 minutes to be absorbed and act through a chemical reaction to be effective.
The natural mineral filters do not have adverse effects, act upon application, reflect sunlight and do not absorb them. The most used are titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.
Among these substances we find:
- Coralline algae, lithotamnion seaweed, seaweed porphyra umbilicalis, seaweed Gelidium sesquipedale: real sunscreens UVA and UVB rays
- Karanja Oil (Pongamia glabra): rich in fatty acids and flavonoids, nourishes the skin, has a regenerative power and protects against UVA and UVB rays
- Buriti oil (Mauritia flexuosa): rich in carotenoids, provitamin A and tocopherols, it acts as an antioxidant, increases the elasticity of the skin and nourishes it
- Carrot oil: important source of provitamin A, it stimulates the production of melanin, is indispensable for a good preparation for tanning and after-sun
- Shea butter: has a sun protection factor of 5, promotes hydration and skin nutrition
- Aloe vera: a perfect after sun, especially in the case of sunburn
- Jojoba oil: rich in ceramides, it moisturizes the skin and at the same time protects it from the sun’s rays
- Red tea, white, green: naturally accelerate the production of melanin
Also do not forget to make sure it is a cream dermatologically tested (not on animals), which is free of nickel, chromium and cobalt (powerful allergens), without preservatives and artificial colors, no GMO, no perfumes and synthetic of origin if possible organic.