June 6, 2012

Vital information for a gorgeous tan

It’s true, almost anyone looks better tanned. More exotic, thinner, more beautiful. But did you know that tanning is actually body’s defense reaction to a stimulus that it considered harmful? Yes, when skin is getting dark, she is actually trying to tell you it’s suffering. Indeed, sun is also good for the body, especially for the bones and for the nervous system. But statistics show that worldwide 1 in 3 diagnosed cancers is a skin cancer, and every year there are 2 to 3 million cases of this disease. Therefore, sun protection is absolutely necessary.

What level of protection should I choose?

The sun protection level does not increase proportionally with the factor displayed on the product labels. The differences are almost insignificant. An SPF 50 absorbs 98% of the radiations, the 30 protects against 97% of UV radiations, while the 15 protects against 94% of the radiations. This means that any cream can protect you almost the same. The only differences come from the frequency with which the cream is applied, so  it is important to read the lotion’s labels: those with a lower protection factor should be applied more often than the others.

Cream or lotion?

Creams are usually richer, greasier, and lotions are lighter and penetrate quicker into the skin. Products that have a low SPF are absorbed faster than the ones with a high SPF. So the choice is yours, it’s up to  what you preffer. Still, in case your skin is very white, doctors recommend applying frequently a cream with at least SPF 30.

UVA or UVB protection?

Both. UVA rays don’t cause burns, but attack the skin deeply, destroy collagen and accelarate aging. (A stands for “aging”). UVB rays burn the skin in the upper layers (B stands for “burn). That’s why it is better to look for creams with high levels of UVA too, and keep your skin younger for a longer period.