We all want a nice tan for the summer. But healthy sunbathing needs to be learned – with these tips you will tan without risk!
Why do we need the sun?
Finally the sun dares to come out from behind the clouds and warms us with its rays! Then we are drawn outside – sunbathing is the desire, beautifully tanned skin is the goal. And it is important for us to soak up the sun regularly, because this is the only way our skin can produce the vital vitamin D. We need the hormone for various metabolic processes and a strong immune system. A vitamin D deficiency, on the other hand, can increase the risk of various diseases, such as diabetes, depression or Alzheimer’s.
Can sunbathing also harm us?
As important as the sun is to us, we should only expose ourselves to it in moderation. This is because their UV-A and UV-B rays destroy the important collagen in the deeper tissue layers. The result: cell damage and wrinkles. If the immune system is weakened at the same time, the body’s own regeneration can no longer adequately repair this damage, which in turn increases the risk of skin cancer . Cell damage can be significant, particularly in the case of sunburn.
Tip: Here you can find out everything you need to know about sunburn duration.
Sunbathing? Sure – but right!
So that you can enjoy your sunbath and don’t have to worry about your skin, here are the five best tips for healthy sunbathing:
1. Not without my sunscreen!
It cannot be said often enough: the power of the sun is often underestimated. To prevent skin cancer and prevent premature aging of the skin, we should always wear sunscreen with the right sun protection factor (SPF) when we are out in the sun or sunbathing properly. In the article sun protection factor, we reveal which cream is the best for which skin type . And you can find out more about baby sunscreen here!
2. Better not to do without clothes
Even if we have lotion on our whole body – clothing also offers good protection against UV radiation. Sensitive parts of the body such as the scalp and eyes need every conceivable protection. Therefore, it is best to wear a sun hat or scarf and sunglasses if you are going to be outside for a long time.
3. The shadow only provides limited protection
Nice to sleep under the parasol? Better not! Even in the shade, the sun still has a good 50 percent of its radiance. Therefore, the same applies here: always apply lotion.
4. Avoid the midday heat
Sunbathing should generally be taboo during midday, because that is when the sun’s UV rays are at their strongest. Between 12 p.m. and around 2 p.m. it is best to stay in the shade to protect your skin.
5. Don’t overdo it
Even if the thought of a whole day in the sun sounds like a dream to many, it is not recommended. Even if we use sunscreen and wear long clothes, a sun hat and sunglasses, some UV rays reach our skin. Therefore, we should not sunbathe for too long or even wander around in the sun. If the skin starts to redden, it’s time to get out of the sun – there’s a risk of nasty sunburn (if that happens, our sunburn home remedies will help by the way )!
3 myths about sunbathing – and what’s behind it
Myth or fact? We clear up 3 common misconceptions about sunbathing.
1. Frequent application of sunscreen prolongs UV protection
It is correct: The so-called self-protection time of the skin depends on the respective skin type. Light skin types should stay in the sun for a maximum of 10 to 15 minutes without sun protection, darker skin types can enjoy direct sunlight for up to 30 minutes without additional SPF. Strictly speaking, however, sunscreen only extends this protection once and then only maintains it through subsequent creaming. As a rule of thumb: In general, we should reapply cream about every two hours, even more often if we have been swimming or sweating profusely.
2. You can get a tan in the solarium
That’s not true. Because in a solarium, the UV-B radiation is largely filtered out, which means that the skin cannot build up any better self-protection.
3. Tanning is generally healthy
This myth is not true either. The tanning of the skin is a kind of self-protection from the sun, but it is not effective – in fact, the sun protection factor of the body’s own tan is only around four to six. Even for dark skin types this is far too little.