YOU DON’T HAVE TO STOP TANNING, JUST DO IT THE RIGHT WAY.
Be patient. Instant gratification might kill you.
With summer at the corner, we cannot wait to catch the first sun rays and look beautifully tanned
We all know that we put ourselves at risk for skin cancer. Nevertheless we still do it because it makes us feel good and because of today’s beauty standard, cover magazines and TV shows keeping showing us gorgeous people with all year long golden skin.
Until… we start seeing all these brown spots all over our body and face, not counting our skin becoming flaccid, loose, wrinkled…. and we run to the plastic surgeon’s office!
There are a number of different spots that appear with age and sun exposure. Most of them are benign.
Some can be pre-cancerous or cancerous.
Some can be pre-cancerous or cancerous.
What are sun rays made of?
Sun rays are made of UVA, UVB, UVC and IR (More than half of the sun rays are made of invisible IR). UVA and UVB rays penetrate the atmosphere and play an important role in skin condition.
- UVA rays reach deeply into the skin, damage collagen and accelerate aging.
- UVB rays burn and give you sunburns, which force the skin to activate tanning in order to protect itself.
- IR reach even deeper than UVB, altering the function of support (firmness) and elasticity of the skin.
Tanning is nothing else than a sign that your skin has been damaged and tried to protect itself.
Sunburn is the death of cells of the superficial skin.
What do they do to your skin?
A little UV radiation is essential to the body because it stimulates the production of vitamin D, which helps the body absorb calcium and phosphorus, essential for the growth and protection of the skeleton.
Repeated exposure to UV radiation causes skin lesions similar to the aging process. The skin becomes thinner in some places, loses its elasticity, brown spots, white spots and wrinkles appear.
Intensive overexposure to UV can lead to Skin Cancer.
Non-Melanoma skin Cancer (Carcinoma)
Carcinoma) represents the majority of cases of skin cancer – about 70-90% of cases, only for basal cell carcinoma. The skin cancer often occurs after the age of 50. This type of cancer has a slow progression.
The incidence of Melanoma skin cancer is lower with about 4% of cases, however, because of its dangerousity, it is most due to skin cancer deaths. Melanoma can progress rapidly.
In order to avoid the risk of developing skin cancer, YOU MUST:
- Use sunscreen everyday.
- Learn the new and safest way of tanning, which is far different from 20 years ago. Indeed the ozone layer is getting thinner with more holes, therefore not able to protect us as efficiently from the assassin sun rays.
- Be checked by your doctor every year for any change in your skin (new mole, change of shape of existing moles, change of state of skin, new sun lesion,etc)
- Get rid of your existing brown spots, due to over exposure to sun, before exposing yourself to tanning. Get a VI Peel.
SO HOW TO TAN?
It is to reconcile the good and bad effects of the sun by avoiding excessive exposure to UV rays.
Prepare your skin:
- VI Peel (minimum 2 times a year)
- Regular exfoliation (once every 2 weeks)
- Progressive exposition to sun
- Opt for a Spray-tan before sunbathing on the beach.
You will feel more confident, less prone to prolong your exposure to the sun and more incline to follow the right tanning rules.
The higher in the sky the sun is, the more intense UV rays are, specially between 12pm and 4pm
The amount of UV is related to the angle of elevation of the sun and not to the temperature.
You have the same chances of getting a sunburn in a clear and cool day than by a very hot day. UV rays pass through clouds, even the thicker ones, thus causing sunburn.
Apply these rules:
1. 35 min before going out, apply sunscreen over all parts of the body that will be exposed. Re-apply every 45 min during the day, if not able to go under shade.
SFP indice of protection:
6 to 14 Low protection
15 to 29 Medium protection
30 to 59 High protection
60+ Very high protection
2. If tanning, same thing: apply 35 min before going outdoor, tan for 45 min, then go under the shade, re-apply sunscreen, wait 35 min, before going under the sun for 45 min maximum, and so on for as long as you are tanning.
3. Drink more water in order to stay hydrated.
4. As soon as you feel heat on the skin or see some redness (sunburn), apply Aloe Vera Gel on the area and go under the shade. At night, apply a repair cream or Aloe Vera Gel.
Here is a way to know how long you can stay under the sun without danger:
Take the “sunpower” number corresponding to your skin type, divide it by the rate of UV radiation of the day, you have your maximum exposure time in the sun for the day.
Your skin type is 3 = 200 ‘sun power” number
Rate of UV radiation of the day is 7
200 : 7 = 30 min of sun exposure at a time for the day