Got pale skin? Be prepared for a day in the sun!
Every year there are the few people who find themselves snow white and winter pale all through the summer months, with no changes except those few freckles that appear under on your cheeks. For these pale-skinned folks, preparation for a day in the sun is imperative.
If you’re Emma Stone, Dita Von Teese or Dakota Fanning pale, then here’s a few tips to help you tackle the summer sun! Moisturize Moisturizing skin before exposing it to the sun is very important. The drier the skin, the more vulnerable it is to UV rays and therefore to burning. So make sure your skin is super hydrated before hitting the beach! Many moisturizers come with built in SPF or UV shields.
It is so important to stay hydrated in the sun. Drinking water before, during, and after sun exposure will keep you in tip top condition. Not drinking enough water can lead to dehydration, exhaustion and in the worst case, sun stroke.
Stock up on sun foods
It’s possible to prepare yourself for the sun just by eating a little bit healthier. Foods containing carotene and vitamin E are said to enhance UV protection in your skin. Snacking on carrots, sweet potatoes or tomatoes can give you your fill of carotene, while nuts and sunflower seeds contain vitamin E.
Take it slow
The first sunny day of summer is NOT the day to go out and spends hours upon hours in the sun. Expose yourself to sun progressively, in short bursts. 15 minutes to half an hour in the sun (with SPF), then a quick break in the shade should stop a mean sunburn. Don’t forget, UV is greatest when the sun is at its highest in the sky (between 10 am and 4 pm) and less in the early morning and late afternoon. So be sure to plan your day at the beach around these times!
If you’re planning a trip to a sunny, sandy beach location with 40 degrees +, then you need a little preparation in the sun before you go. Try and take as much sun as possible in Prague or wherever it is that you are located before you hit the beach! There are plenty of beautiful parks where you can bring your book and a blanket and lay under the sun for the day!
SPF is your friend
Of course the most important thing of all is wearing plenty of sunscreen if you want to avoid a burn. Even if you are trying to achieve a sun kissed glow, sunscreen should always be applied. Paler skin should always wear upwards of factor 30, and reapply at least every hour to be safe from the sun’s rays. Don’t forget to use a separate sunscreen for face and body – some general sunscreens can cause breakouts on the face, while specific face creams will prevent this.
Remember to stay safe in the sun, prepare before your trip, wear SPF or cover up your pale skin, drink plenty of water and enjoy your sunburn free summer!