What is the right sun care for me?
The perfect sun care depends on your skin type. Decisive factors are: Is your skin tanned already, how long lasts your skin′s own natural protection and how quickly does your skin burn. To find out the best sun care for you, take a look at the explanation below.
These products offer perfect protection:
- BEAUTY SUN Anti-Aging Sun Creme very high protection SPF 30/50 offers the perfect protection for your face
- Condition your skin after sunbathing with BEAUTY SUN After Sun Repair & Cooling Body Lotion and After Sun Repair & Cooling Mask for a longer lasting tan.
- Protect your skin against the sun with BEAUTY SUN Body Sun Protection Anti-Aging effect high protection SPF 30.
- No summer feeling yet? No problem! BEAUTY SUN Self Tanner for Face and Body imparts a complexion as if kissed by the in a jiffy.
When should I use a sunscreen?
With the very first sunshine in spring you should start to use a sunscreen. After winter, our skin is particularly sensitive and not yet used to excessive sun radiation. For this reason, it is important to protect skin with the appropriate product. Experts recommend a sunscreen when the radiation value is 3 to avoid an unpleasant sun- burn and lower the skin cancer risk. The radiation value, also called UV Index, represents the intensity of the sun radiation and the corresponding sunburn effect on skin. In order to find out whether you need a sunscreen or not, you should inform yourself on the corresponding homepage of your country which usually are updated on a daily basis.
It is recommended to apply a sun protection 30 minutes prior to the sun exposure. This way the cream can be absorbed by skin and protect against the harmful rays of the sun. There are, however, also sun-protection products which are effective immediately after their application.
What does SPF 30 mean?
When you use BEAUTY SUN Body Sun Protection Anti-Aging Effect high protection SPF 30, you can expose your skin 30 times longer to the sun than without. If, for instance, you belong to the Celtic group with a skin which becomes red after 10 minutes already, you can enjoy the sun 300 minutes accordingly. But: Experts recommend not to fully adhere to this of this average value and to find a shady place after two thirds of this time.
ATTENTION: A repeated application of the sunscreen does not prolong your protection time. It does not start at zero, the time you stayed in the sun must be deducted. The time can only be extended when in-between you stay in the shade.
What is the difference between UVA and UVB rays?
We all know that UV radiation also has negative sides. The long-wave UVA rays (315-380 nm) penetrate into the dermis and cause a short-term tan without any significant light protection.
Short-wave UVB rays (280-315 nm) cause the formation of melanin in the epidermis and a long-term tan which offers a natural light protection. Despite the fact, that they do not penetrate the skin as deeply, they are mainly responsible for the development of a sunburn, which may be unpleasant and even painful and also damage the skin cells. A conscious and reasonable behavior protects our skin health and helps to prevent premature UV-induced skin aging.
How long can I stay in the sun?
Without sun protection:
The time you can enjoy the sun without protection depends on your skin’s innate protection time. Fair skin may tolerate less than 10 minutes, dark skin more than 90 minutes. To be observed as a general rule: Avoid direct sun exposure without sunscreen!
With sun protection:
You can stay significantly longer in the sun with when you use a sunscreen. When you have applied BEAUTY SUN Anti-Aging Sun Crème high protection SPF 30 before the sun exposure, you can enjoy the sun 30 times longer than without. It is recommended not to exceed 75% of this time since these are only average values.
Should I use a sunscreen even though I only stay in the shade?
The answer is YES! Unfortunately we often forget that half of the UV rays even reaches the shade. Even though skin’s own protection is twice as much, it is still limited. The maximum protection of fair skin is 20 minutes before it comes to a sunburn.
Moreover, the sand on the beach reflects the UV radiation, depending on the color, between approx. 10 and 25 percent.
And here comes the good news: In the long run you will get a wonderfully tanned complexion also in the sun.
Which parts of the body need particularly intensive protection?
All sensitive parts of the body, i.e. those which normally are not exposed to the sun or where the skin is very delicate, need particular care, for instance: inner thighs or armpits.
But also the so-called “sun terraces” (forehead, nose, chin, décolleté), shin bones and upper side of the feet risk to burn quickly.
Protect yourself not only with a sunscreen but also with the corresponding clothing! Since the skin of the eye contours is very sensitive, sun glasses are a must, especially around noontide. Similarly important is a hat for your head. The scalp belongs to the most sensitive areas and is very prone to a sunburn. Moreover, a hat protects hair against dryness.
How much sun cream should I use?
„Less is more“ does NOT apply here. On the contrary, better use too much. A sunscreen layer which is too thin does not develop its full protection.
Experts recommend two milligram sun cream per square centimeter body surface. This corresponds to approx. 3 table spoons of sun lotion for the entire body.
On the beach we have no tool to determine the quantity, therefore simply apply the sun cream somewhat thicker than the normal day care or body lotion. Especially on the sensitive areas such as nose, shoulders, cheeks, feet a little more cream is recommended to avoid an unpleasant sunburn.
Will I get a tan despite a high sunscreen?
YES! A good sun protection basically promotes skin’s tanning process since the melanin production and the tanning property of skin are supported. Additionally, you can enjoy the sun significantly longer when you use a sunscreen. The longer skin is exposed to UV radiation, the quicker and more intensive will be the tan! This means: The higher the screen, the longer you can stay in the sun and the better will be your tan!
ATTENTION: However you should not exceed the recommended time and stay in the shade from time to time.
Should I use a sunscreen every day in summer, even though I am not on vacation?
There is no difference whether you enjoy the sun during vacation on the beach or whether you treat yourself to an ice cream in a café in the city.
UV radiation may harm our skin in all regions. Sunburn and even skin cancer may be the consequence. Experts recommend the daily protection of the face and hands with a sunscreen as of spring time. With T-shirt weather all uncovered parts of the body should be protected with a sunscreen (arms, legs, décolleté).
What is the best-before date of sunscreens?
As a general rule, opened sun-protection products from the previous year should be disposed of. The risk is simply too high that a sufficient protection of your skin is no longer guaranteed. If the products have not been opened yet and if the best-before date has not been exceeded, you can still use them.