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A healthy tan

Armony in health 5 July, 2017 Ana María López de Mesa

If your vacation destination is one that is out in the sun, take extra care with your skin. This is the season when skin gets most dehydrated and has the greatest risk of burn or infection.

While exposure to the sun does have certain health benefits, especially for the bones, if we get more exposure to the sun than needed, it becomes a risk. Some of the potential consequences of this can include sun spots, dry skin, aging skin and even skin cancer. Here are a few tips to enjoy your time in the sun in a healthy way:

  1. Prepare your skin for the sun by keeping it hydrated before, during and after you are exposed to it.
  2. Use lightweight clothes that also keep you protected. Long skirts, tops that cover your shoulders, hats and sunglasses are essential to preventing burned skin.
  3. Apply sunscreen on your face and body with UVA and UVB protection that is water resistant. The key is to apply sunscreen several times a day.
  4. Stay out of the sun when it is directly above you. The best time to be in the sun is before 10:00 AM and after 4:00 PM. The recommendation is to go out in the sun in stages, and to avoid sun exposure for long periods of time.

5.      Take your skin photo-type (color or level of pigment) into consideration, which is what determines how much natural protection you have from direct exposure to the sun. The lighter the skin you have, the less resistant you are to radiation, which is why you will need a higher sun protection factor (SPF).