The 10 rules for a glowy tan: the decalogue of summer
There is a secret to keep your summer complexion as long as possible, and especially to have it so bright. In fact, there are 10 of them.
Hollywood celebrities rely heavily on highlighter makeup to intensify the glowing effect of the tan (even in winter), or on the use of "fake tan", perhaps paying high-priced subscriptions for Airbrush Spray Tanning, the self-tanning agent applied to the skin with the help of an airbrush. We are talking about influencers such as Hailey Bieber, the sisters Kylie Jenner and Kim Kardashian, the model Gigi Hadid or the plus size model Ashley Graham, famous on social networks for their glowy and super natural fake tans.
But the greatest desire is not to create the illusion of being tanned. On the contrary, it's to bring natural, real light to the center of our lives and our look. Melanin permitting. Yes, because each of us has a maximum tan point that can be slightly raised with the help of 10 tricks.
1. REMEMBER THE BODY CREAM.
Every 28 days epidermis undergoes a cycle of renewal during which the most superficial cells, i.e. those most charged with color, die and are quickly replaced by new, younger cells. To "prolong" their life, we must avoid dehydration by using lotions and body creams infused with hyaluronic acid or squalane, aloe vera or allantoin. Like our Aeqium Body Cream. We must maintain hydration before, during and after tanning, as the sun tends to dry out the skin a lot.
2. TEPID OR COLD SHOWERS
We choose lower than normal water temperatures for baths and showers. According to the Vitacutis Institute of Dermatology, hot water deprives the epidermis of its natural oils and therefore can lead to a faster dehydration and desquamation of the tan.
3. EXFOLIATE DURING EXPOSURE
Freeing the skin from dead cells on the days when you expose yourself to the sun not only improves the appearance of the epidermis, but also allows you to obtain a longer-lasting and more even tan. Al-so, contrary to popular belief, melanin is not affected by exfoliation and continues to be produced by the less superficial layers. One of idea for a self-made tropical scrub: coconut flour, 10 ml of coconut oil, 10 ml of argan oil and 10 ml of jojoba oil.
4. CHECK THE INCI OF PRODUCTS
It is essential to avoid cosmetics containing ingredients such as glycolic acid or salicylic acid. These acids are often present in waxes and depilatory creams, in exfoliants and in illuminating serums for the face. Best to wait until October to start using them.
5. EAT HEALTHY AND FRESH
Nutrition should not be underestimated. And if you notice, in fact our body and mind require more fruits and vegetables, stimulating strange "cravings" for watermelon, melon and grapes. This is be-cause exposure to UV rays requires the presence of many more antioxidants than at other times of the year. After all, it is no secret that beauty comes also and above all from within. Some nutrients, such as beta-carotene, lycopene or vitamins C and E (all ingredients of Aeqium Antiox Matrix present in the nutraceutical Genesis) can help the skin to better process the sun's rays, taking advantage only of its benefits and protecting itself from its oxidative damage.
The vitamins that we need most are those with antioxidant effects C and A, which summer fruits are very rich of. Peaches, for example, contain a lot of water and vitamins C, A and E; the prickly pear cactus, very rich in fiber and poor in calories, contains plenty of vitamins and minerals; berries are mixtures of antioxidants, such as vitamin C and polyphenols; cherries contain vitamins A and C; mel-on, like all yellow-orange fruits and vegetables, contains a lot of vitamin A and especially C.
According to the indications contained in the Reference Intake Levels of Nutrition and Energy (LARN) of the Italian Society of Human Nutrition (SINU), the daily dose of vitamin C is 105 mg for men and 85 mg per day for women, that is the quantity of a kiwi.
6. DRINK AN EXTRA LITER OF WATER A DAY
The key element to hydrate the skin and keep it radiant is water: drinking a lot and nourishing skin cells from the inside is an essential factor, especially during the hot season, since, according to MSD, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, in the summer you lose at least one liter of fluid through skin evaporation.
7. THE RHYTHM OF THE SUN
As we were saying, the sun also has many positive aspects: according to the Global Wellness Forum, regular exposure to sunlight, alternated with good quality sleep, determines our cellular health. In ad-dition, it is essential to maintain a high mood and to produce vitamin D3, essential for the absorption of magnesium, phosphorus and calcium.
With this in mind, the more surface area of skin exposed to the sun, the greater the amount of vitamin D3 is produced.
For this reason, dermatologists today recommend the right balance between low and high sun protec-tion, which takes the form of exposure for only twenty minutes a day with very low sun protection before 11 am, and high protection for the rest of the time.
8. TAKING CARE OF THE FRAME: THE HAIR
To bring out the amber tone of the skin, the visual effect created by sun-kissed hair is very effective. In fact, UV rays have a lightening power on those strands already sensitized by hair dryers, straighteners or chemical treatments, so that their color turns golden brown. To bring out these natural highlights while taking care of your hair, use a good hair oil with natural extracts right after washing and before hair-drying. Just one dollop of product will be enough to achieve a luminous beach effect.
9. SUPPLEMENT YOUR DIET
There are substances that are worth taking in the form of nutraceuticals to supplement your daily diet. This is because they can help counteract the uneven complexion of the tan, improve the mood as if the sun were always shining, or even protect us from the oxidative damage of UV rays.
To avoid hyperpigmentation, that is, the formation of dark spots, specialists recommend supplementa-tion with various components: Vitamin E helps to strengthen the skin barrier against UV rays, boost-ed by the action of Vitamin C, which reduces skin spots by blocking the biochemical reactions that form them; Aloe Vera, which contains Aloin, a natural depigmenting compound that is effective as a treatment for hyperpigmentation.
10. RE-ENTRY STRATEGIES
If, on the other hand, the damage is already done and you can already see some spots peeping out from your tan, wait until October and then go to a good medical beauty center. In fact, in the autumn months, you can resort to some simple procedures to reduce discoloration, including laser therapy, pulsed light, chemical peels and finally microdermabrasion.
And remember: "Light is the key to knowledge, the key to life. Without light there is no life and with-out light you can't see beyond," said artist Kilian Saueressig, without imagining that his words could just as well apply to the beauty of the skin in summer.