Prepare your skin for the first rays of sunshine

Prepara tu piel para los primeros rayos de sol

Follow these 4 simple tips to take care of your skin, get a perfect tan and avoid sunburn.

The long-awaited spring has finally arrived and with it, the first rays of sunshine and the desire to enjoy the good weather and take advantage of the warmer temperatures to tan our skin and beautify our image. In addition to giving color to our face, the sun's rays contain vitamin D and produce serotonin, which brings a pleasant feeling of well-being and reduces stress. It is clear that the sun is very beneficial to our health if we take it with caution and moderation. For the sun's rays to be beneficial in every way, it is essential that, before exposing ourselves to the sun, we are prudent and take into account a series of steps so as not to put the health of our skin at risk.

Before taking off our clothes and lying in the sun, we have to keep in mind that we have kept our skin covered during the winter months and, therefore, it is not ready to be exposed to the sun from one day to the next. It is very important that we create a pre-summer routine to prepare the epidermis for better rewards.

  1. Exfoliate your skin

It is highly recommended to use sunscreen on your face all year round and of course all over your body in the summer, but before sun exposure it is very important to cleanse your skin and remove dead skin cells.

For the face, first use a cleanser that drags all the particles that dirty your pores and then an exfoliation that is not too abrasive. To do this, choose an exfoliating scrub with microparticles and apply it all over your face with circular movements in a gentle way, it is not about damaging the epidermis. This will remove impurities from your face without being aggressive to the skin.

For your body, you can choose a scrub with coarser granules. Apply it under the shower, also in circular movements, and remove dead skin to leave it soft, smooth, luminous and more receptive to the sun getting a more even tan. This routine also includes the feet, the great forgotten ones until summer arrives.

Never use the same scrub for your body and face.

Whether you do it at home or if you go to a professional exfoliation, avoid the sun during the following days because you can cause the appearance of unwanted spots. That is why it is very important to do this process before exposing yourself to the first rays of sunlight.

  • Moisturize your skin

After exfoliation, the skin is so clean that it is the best time to absorb the properties provided by moisturizing creams or lotions.

Both for the face and the rest of the body, the ideal is that the product you are going to apply has vitamins C and E or hyaluronic acid. You will revitalize the skin in a deeper way.

This step is essential to perform daily because, if we do not moisturize the melanin in our skin, ultraviolet rays will reduce its elasticity and accelerate the process of premature aging.

  • Renew your sunscreens

Of course, sunscreens with an adequate SPF are essential, but before using them, check all sunscreens and their condition. Both body and face. If you bought them at the beginning of summer, think about getting another sunscreen because after twelve months they lose their protective function.

  • Take care of your diet

Did you know that there are foods that help prepare your skin for sunbathing?

A good, healthy and balanced diet is reflected in our skin. If what we want is to get a gradual tan and not burn during the summer you also have to take care of yourself from the inside.

  • Foods rich in beta-carotene. Not only will they improve the appearance of your skin, but they will also enhance your tan because they stimulate melanin synthesis. One of the best known is the carrot, but foods such as tomatoes, apricots, melons, and green leafy vegetables such as spinach, broccoli or zucchini are also high in beta-carotene.
  • Foods with vitamins and antioxidants. Incorporate more vitamins and antioxidants into your diet. Before the season is over, include strawberries in your desserts. They are high in vitamin C (helps prevent premature aging) and are also rich in tannins. As is well known, oranges also have a lot of vitamin C, so what if you combine strawberries in a fruit salad with orange juice? Vitamin A can be found in fish fats such as salmon or mackerel and in vegetable oils. And as for antioxidants, if you like pomegranate do not hesitate to use it in salads or whatever you can think of, because it has a high antioxidant content that helps protect your skin from cell damage that can cause ultraviolet rays.

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