Sensible tanning: how to get a safe tan without damaging your skin


© Dim - Sensible tanning: how to get a safe tan without damaging your skin
© Dim
Whatever your skin type and however much you love the sun, here are the basics of safe tanning for a radiant return from your hols!

> While you're on holiday, avoid food and drink that dilates your blood vessels (alcohol and spicy food).

> Eat lots of fruit and veg, especially red and orange which contain loads of carotenoids (tomatoes, apricots and tropical fruit are best). These help the skin protect itself better against the harmful effects of the sun.

> Stay out of the sun during the hottest part of the day between 11am and 4pm.

> Don't spritz yourself with perfumed products before you hit the beach: they make your skin more sun-sensitive.

> Reapply your sun cream every 2 hours. Apply your sun cream properly and make sure your skin absorbs the SPF by massging it in properly.

> Get savvy about SPF. While you're better off using a medium SPF and reapplying it regularly than slapping on total block first thing in the morning and then not bothering to reapply for the rest of the day, experts warn that low SPF protection is just not enough. Use at least Factor 15.

> Don't skimp on the quantity of your suncream! A bottle should last you 8-10 days: if it doesn't, you're just not using enough! Aim not to bring it home with you and you'll end up with more space in your case for souvenirs (sounds like an excellent excuse to shop, if we ever heard one).

> If you're in and out of the pool like a yoyo, invest in a waterproof SPF and re-apply it regularly.

> Use aftersun to repair, cool and soothe your skin. Keep it in the fridge so it's nice and cool.

> If you end up with sunburn or skin allergies, don't expose your skin to the sun until it heals. Even total sunblock isn't enough: if you've damaged your skin, keep it out of the sun.


Beauty Editor
Rank this page: 

Don't miss...
5th episode: Travelling becomes the ideal opportunity to stay in shape... Marie shows you how!What can you do with a chair to tone your bum?
Tone your whole body with Jade!20 Things American Men Said About Kate Middleton's Hotness
Latest… 05/01/2018
Slick to sleek: How to take care of greasy hair
Lowlights vs Highlights
PRP injections: The Kim Kardashian blood facial
Eyebrow shaping
See all Beauty guides
Video: 4 easy-to-achieve hairstyles
See all Beauty videos

Don't miss out!

...Join our newsletter
Get the wewomen latest straight to your inbox
Find us on...