True, tanning looks better. But, a simple reminder of common sense for those who are not yet convinced, the excess of sun is very harmful to health. To tan in safety, discover the answers to the questions you ask yourself about the tan …

Should we protect ourselves in the same way at sea, in the mountains or in the countryside?

No. The reflection of the ultraviolet is more or less important depending on where you are. The water reflects between 5 and 10% of the solar rays, the grass 3%, the sand 15 to 30% and the snow can return up to 90% of the UV. So, contrary to popular belief, water reverberates less than sand. So adapt your protection index and make sure to renew your sunscreen application as regularly as possible.

When is sunlight the least harmful?

In the morning (before 11 am) and in the late afternoon (after 5 pm). Indeed, in the United States, the sun is at its zenith at 14 hours. This is the time when ultraviolet rays are the least filtered and therefore the most dangerous for the skin. In the three hours before or after this time of high radiation, the filtering is still insufficient to limit the risk of skin burns.

Can you tan in the shade?

Yes. The ultraviolet rays are not totally filtered by the parasol, the hat or the arbor. Moreover, by reflecting on the ground, they return by ricochet to hit you with full force. Therefore, even in the shade, sun protection is essential.

Should Sun Protection be Used in Covered Weather?

Yes. The sun's rays cross the clouds, filtering only 50% of the ultraviolet. Beware of misty weather apparently without sun.

What are the benefits of the sun on the body?

It fixes vitamin D, facilitates the absorption of calcium and prevents rickets. It allows, under medical control, the treatment of certain skin diseases and makes euphoric by triggering a decrease in melatonin (the hormone involved in stress). When the sun is here, everything goes!

Does the intensity of sun protection vary with age?

Yes for the children, not for the rest. At all stages of life, high protection is necessary in order not to start the "sun capital" of your skin and cause serious diseases. The golden rule is to protect your skin very young and intensely UVA rays that penetrate to the dermis, to keep skin firm and hydrated for a very long time!

Is the sun causing wrinkles?

Each individual has his or her own sun capital. Beyond a certain amount of radiation, the resistance and elasticity of the skin weaken. The first signs of skin aging appear: stain, wrinkles, fine lines ...

Are some parts of the body more sensitive than others?

Yes. The neck, the back of the knees, the ears ... are places where the skin is fine and delicate. Others, such as the shoulders, the nose and the forehead, for example, are naturally more exposed than others. Do not forget to protect them even if they are not always very easy to access because the sunburn on these areas is very painful!

How often should sunscreen be given during exposure?

It is generally advisable to coat your body with cream every two hours or so. If you bathe for a long time or frequently or if your skin is extremely sensitive, close applications.

Are waterproof creams more effective at sea?

The word waterproof means that after two twenty minute baths, separated by a quarter of an hour of drying, your solar product retains at least 70% of its protective efficacy. Its application must nevertheless be renewed frequently.

Are there foods that tan?

One thinks of course of the carrots which, according to the popular saying, give the pink buttocks! But, as for the iron in the spinach, the reputation of the carrots is a little overrated. Vegetables and red fruits are rich in beta-carotene. This natural pigment has the reputation of tinting the skin. Moreover, the vitamins, minerals and trace elements present in significant quantities in these plants stimulate the rise of melanin and thus facilitate tanning.

Can we expose ourselves to the sun during a pregnancy?

Hormonal fluctuations associated with pregnancy weaken the skin and make it less resistant. Moreover, some pregnant women risk developing in the sun the famous "mask of pregnancy" as durable as unaesthetic. The pregnant woman can still enjoy the sun but in moderation and at the hours when the rays are the least harmful. She will have to pay particular attention to her belly and her breasts.

Should we skim our skin for better sunbathing?

Yes. The exfoliation refines the skin and eliminates the dead cells that cover your epidermis. Smooth and sharp, your skin is more receptive to tanning and brighter. Do not forget, to reinforce the action of the exfoliation, to properly hydrate your skin.