Tips to Prepare Your Skin for The Sun

Curated by Claudia Shannon / Research Scientist / ishonest

Hydrate your skin

Even though moisturizing cream does not protect skin from the sun, unlike sunscreen, it can, in a certain way, help limit its ravages. The more your skin is exposed to the sun, the more it dries out. And as it dries out, it becomes more vulnerable to UV rays. By nourishing it with a good moisturizing cream, you are helping it reconstruct its protective layer. To choose the formula that best suits you, don’t hesitate to consult your ishonest cosmetician.

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Exfoliate your skin

Aesthetically, exfoliation is an important step before exposure to the sun. It allows the skin to shed dead cells that accumulate and can prevent a uniform tanning. That being said, it’s essential to be careful and never forget to apply sunscreen, because exfoliation removes the “fine protective layer” on the surface of your skin, which makes skin more vulnerable to UV rays. It is therefore recommended that you wait a few days between exfoliation and sun exposure. Also, as fine skin tolerates exfoliation less well than thicker skin, it is preferable to choose an exfoliator adapted to your skin type. When in doubt, consult your cosmetician.

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Make sure your diet is rich in carotene and vitamin E

Thanks to their antioxidant properties, foods that are rich in beta-carotene and other carotenoids, such as lycopene, could improve your skin’s protection against UV rays. The best sources of carotenoids are carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, spinach, squash, broccoli, mangos, apricots, kale, peas, tomatoes and melon. Vitamin E contained in vegetable oils, almonds and nuts also provides protection from the sun. Don’t hesitate to add these sun foods to your menu! Also remember that foods that are rich in carotenoids add an orange tinge to your skin, which gives you a natural glow. However, the properties of these foods in no way replace a protective layer of sunscreen!

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Expose yourself to the sun progressively

One of the best ways to prepare your skin for the sun is to engage in numerous short exposures. The first time you go out in the sun should not last for hours and hours. Otherwise, you risk getting a mean sunburn, which could lead to skin cancer. Also, keep in mind that tanning is not good for your skin. It actually consists of a defense mechanism deployed by the skin against excessive sun exposure, so don’t forget to apply a high-level sunscreen. Ensure that it covers a large spectrum and that it filters UVA and UVB rays. To learn more about sun protection and precautions to protect your skin, consult your ishonest-affiliated pharmacist.

Good to know

Certain products or changes in your lifestyle may not suit you. Always consult your pharmacist or a healthcare professional to evaluate the options that work best for you.

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