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It’s the beginning of July, summer has finally come into full bloom and all we can think of is how to get that gorgeous sun-kissed skin, golden bronzed legs and glowing cheekbones.
It’s hard to believe tanning wasn’t always desirable, on the contrary, there was once a time that pale skin was appealing and glamorous. So how come nowadays we all are obsessed by that well baked tanned skin? Well, I have one legend and two words; COCO. CHANEL.
Up until the 1920s it was fashionable to be pale because it was associated with the upper-class society, but then there was Coco Chanel who in 1923 was changing all of the fad. Believe it or not, Chanel ‘’accidentally’’ got a lot of sun on a Mediterranean cruise in Cannes. When she returned from the Riviera golden brown skinned, a new rage was born. The fashion designer declared “A girl simply has to be tanned’’.
Unfortunately with all the sunbathing and sun exposure, there is also a higher risk of damaging your skin on the long term. Preparing your body with the best skin care is essential to slow the aging process and help you avoid health issues while getting that glowing bronzed skin (for as long as the summer sticks around ;p)
One of the important first steps when it comes to preparing your skin is exfoliation, exfoliation and exfoliation. Dry, rough patches of skin tend to attract and hold more color than skin which is smooth and soft. Exfoliating helps expose the new and bright skin underneath the surface for that natural glow-look. Finish with an intense moisturizer to hydrate your skin after exfoliation.
The right Sunscreen
When using sunscreen it’s very important to use it correctly. Understand your tan color and the matching SPF-number. Apply proper sunscreen. Reapply the sunscreen every two/three hours and after swimming. Last but not least, do not forget using enough sunscreen for the vulnerable parts of your face like your nose, ears, eyelids and lips.
Limit your exposure
It may be difficult staying out of the glorious hot sun, but a way to limit your UV lights exposure is to avoid sunbathing too long, especially between 11:00 and 15:00 when the sun’s rays are the strongest.
Slap on a hat!
What is a better occasion to wear a glamorous Casablanca brim hats if it’s not during your sunbath? The hat will protect your ears, neck, head and your pretty face. However be careful with choosing the right hat because the shape and size of a hat can make or break your look. To complete your fashionable sunny look you can’t forget the oversized shades! The bigger the shades the better protection your eyes and eyelids will have from those sneaking UV lights.
Besides the glow and the glam we should not forget the other positive effects of UV lights and its importance, such as; Getting loads of Vitamin D to strengthen bones, muscles and the immune system. It helps several skin conditions and improves our mood by producing levels of ‘’serotonin’’ also known as our little happy hormone.
Let’s face it, we all want that tan-tastic bronzed skin and YES we also want that healthy young looking skin when we are 60-year-old granny’s. Thinking about the pros and the cons, do you have what it takes to still get your dream tan? More important, how do you keep your skin healthy and protected while getting a sunbath?
Don’t hesitate to share your goddess tips and tricks below..
Written by Rojin Noure