How to tan safely by using Aloe Vera
During summertime, you increase your changes of getting a sunburn which can causes serious skin damage. In order to avoid damaging your skin, avoid sun exposure during the hottest hours of the day and choose sunscreens that are appropriate for your complexion.
How to choose your sunscreen
The right sunscreen product has to meet certain standards and has to be right for you skin type. In general, a good sunscreen must:
- Protect your skin against UV radiation (UVA and UVB)
- Be photostable so that sunlight doesn’t affect it
- Be water resistant
- Be easy to apply and pleasant to use
- Respect the skin’s natural pH balance
- Preferably be all natural and allergen, paraben, silicone and perfume free
You should consider the following when choosing a sunscreen:
Your skin type, especially if you have fair or sensitive skin. You should consult a dermatologist when choosing your sunscreen.
Age: children and elderly people should use a sunscreen with a high protection.
Location: higher altitudes require a more powerful sunscreen. The same rule applies if you’re close to the equator, where the intensity of the sun becomes more dangerous. Wetlands also require a special sunscreen because increased sweating diminishes the sunscreen’s effectiveness.
Try to avoid exposing your skin to the sun during the hottest hours of the day, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Aloe Vera and sun burns
Aloe Vera is a plant that is rich in regenerating and antioxidant properties for our skin. It’s an excellent natural remedy that relieves sunburn pain. If you rub Aloe Vera gel on the irritated area, it soothes the skin and gives it almost instant relief. Also use an after-sun cream with Aloe Vera that moisturizes, nourishes, soothes itching and skin redness.
Using a sunscreen or after-sun lotion with Aloe Vera means choosing a product rich in polysaccharides which is an essential principle that not only effectively fights against skin aging (one of the major damages caused by the sun), but also stimulates collagen and keeps your skin soft and hydrated, as well treats sun burns.
Keep your skin safe while getting a tan
Protecting your skin from the sun naturally is undoubtedly the best way to take care of your skin. However, you don’t have to do so without giving up your nice tan! So look at your sunscreen’s ingredients: If it’s made with Aloe vera, contains natural active ingredients and Mucuna pruriens, then you’re on your way to having a healthy tan. In fact, Mucuna pruriens stimulates melanin production and thus naturally tans your skin.
Extra precautions to consider
Not everyone knows that an overcast sky also requires the use of sunscreen. UV and UVA rays are able to penetrate clouds and even windows. That is why many people now choose to put sunscreen under their makeup all year long.