How to Sunbathe Safely
Taking care of our skin before-and-after sunbathing
Currently there are so many warnings about exposure to the sun that
knowing how to protect your skin from harmful rays is quite daunting.
Despite this mood of alarm, many people still like to sunbathe in
moderation, especially on holiday. If you take sensible precautions and
avoid excessive exposure to the sun, then a little moderate sunbathing
need not be absolutely forbidden.
Great care must be taken when exposing your skin to the sun. The
increasing prevalence of skin cancer is a major health caution, but
exposing your skin to the sun for long periods of time, or with great
frequency, also speeds up the ageing process. People who have sunbathed
excessively develop a leathery skin texture, their suntan fades into a
sallow yellow color, and the general appearance of their skin is not
How to sunbathe safely?
- Before sunbathing: to enjoy moderate exposure to the sun,
first consider your complexion. If you have fair or red hair you will
probably have fair skin, and this can tolerate less sun than a darker
complexion. Adjust the time spent in the sun accordingly. A week
before starting to sunbathe, you need to start conditioning your skin.
Do a couple of exfoliating body scrubs during the week to remove all
dead skin cells. Apply a moisturizing body lotion daily with a 2 per
cent dilution of essential oils that will nourish and protect the
skin. Choose from patchouli, palmarosa, neroli, lavender and
- During sunbathing: choose an appropriate-strength sunscreen
lotion for your complexion, taking into consideration the strength of
the sun in the area of the world where you will be. Avoid sunbathing
between noon and 3 pm when the sun is hottest. Drink lots of water,
wear a sunhat and above all do not spend too long in the sun,
especially at the beginning.
- After sunbathing: cool the skin with a long, cold shower.
Liberally apply a rich moisturizing body lotion with 1 per cent
dilution of cooling, regenerating essential oils, such as roman
chamomile, german chamomile, jasmine, lavender, neroli, carrot seed,
rosewood and rose absolute. Using a rich moisturizing lotion after
sunbathing is essential to keep your skin healthy and looking good.
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