The earth spends its time spinning around the sun and when summer comes, we pretty much do the same!
Even though we all know that it’s thanks to the sun that there is life on our old planet, we also know that it can be harmful. But how exactly?
One thing is certain. Whether skies are grey or blue, the sun affects our bodies by activating the famous vitamin D that our bones need to fix calcium. Young and old, we are all concerned by this phenomenon and need to spend more time outdoors than indoors if we want to have solid bones.
Moreover, sun exposure improves symptoms in some skin conditions such as psoriasis or vitiligo.
And how about our good humour? Do we owe that to the sun’s rays as well? Yes, although in this case it’s more related to light and luminosity. By the way, light therapy, an adjunctive therapy used to treat seasonal depression or circadian rhythm disorders, is a direct result of this observation. Light puts our biological clock back on track and in good working order!
Excessive sun exposure can have less positive effects. It is one of the leading causes of premature skin ageing. Some people think that the sun tones the skin. This isn’t true; quite the opposite in fact. When UV rays penetrate deep into the skin, skin ageing is accelerated and the skin becomes drier and less supple.
UV rays affect skin cells and damage DNA strands, causing the skin to dehydrate and develop dark spots and wrinkles to appear.
Each of us has a a genetically determined “sun quota“: the total amount of UV rays that our skin can receive without undergoing serious damage. This quota iis gradually depleted with sun exposure.
The face, hands and neckline are the parts of the body that are the most exposed and are therefore the most fragile. These are also the parts of the body that most visibly show the first harmful effects of time. Wrinkles on the face bother us the most.
We have to protect ourselves effectively against the sun’s harmful effects.
Nutrition plays an important role in the condition of our skin. Eating a rich and suitable diet and fruits and vegetables rich in beta-carotenes and lycopenes (carrots, broccoli, green beans, tomatoes, spinach, apricots etc.) favours tanning and makes tans last longer.
To prevent dry or dehydrated skin, season salads with walnut oil, argan oil or KOUSMI’LIFE oil (on sale at the Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo shop) rich in essential fatty acids, Omega 3, Omega 6 and Omega 9 and regularly consume oil-rich fish such as salmon. Drink sufficient amounts of fluid and more than in the winter. This is a basic gesture that we often forget but we should make it a habit to drink at least 1.5 litres of water a day every day.
On the beach, it’s important to use sun protection or wear clothing that covers your body a bit more than a swimming costume to prevent sunburn, sunstroke and heatstroke.
Several factors should be taken into account:
1 – Know your skin type and “phototype” to assess your risk for sunburn and determine your sun protection factor.
There are 6 phototypes depending on your skin type, hair colour, whether or not you have freckles, whether you’re predisposed to sunburns and how you tan.
2 – Type of sun exposure
Depending on whether you are in the mountains, on the sea or on the beach, it’s necessary to protect against sun glare and reflected UV rays.
3 – What sunscreen texture should you use?
For the face, use a fluid, non-comedogenic cream; for the body, choose lotions or sprays (don’t use oils because their texture cannot incorporate effective filters).
4 – How often should you apply sunscreen?
Tanning slowly and carefully requires a few precautions:
- Avoid sun exposure at the hottest times between noon and 4pm.
- Reapply sunscreen every two hours (and after every swim) even if the sun protection factor is high.
Ask your beauty therapist – she is an expert in the field and can help you choose the most effective products that are most suited to your skin from La Prairie, Beauty by Clinica Ivo Pitanguy, FILORGA Professionnel or Lancaster Solaire, partners of Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo. To replenish your skin, try Intense Hydrating Treatment Clinica by Ivo Pitanguy and the Protective Rejuvenating Marine Treatment La Prairie.