We all know that this time of year can be very hit and miss when it comes to the weather. However, despite being early in the year, spring can nevertheless be a good time to think about your tanning regime. For many, it’s the ideal time to ditch the bottled tan and embrace the ‘au naturel’ look.
However, this early sun can pose the same risks from sun damage as later on in the summer months. This is especially the case as our skin has often been covered up for months during winter. The good news is that there are some tricks to help boost that tan without getting sunburnt. Read our top tips to learn how to protect your skin from the sun this spring:
Exfoliating is a great way to get rid of your winter skin by removing any dead or dull skin cells. Using exfoliating gloves, work from your feet to your face to ensure skin is fresh and ready for the sun. Exfoliation can make skin dry, so the next step towards that spring glow is hydration.
Once you have exfoliated, apply moisturiser and remember to drink plenty of water. The average person is recommended to drink around two litres of water a day. Keep your skin hydrated to ensure it looks younger and healthier.
Take it slow
Your skin may not have had any sun exposure for months so it is very important to take it slow. To begin with, use products with a higher SPF. Take extra care to look after your face, especially your lips, ears, nose and the back of your neck.
Don’t be a stranger to the shade
It is worth remembering that the production of melanin continues for many hours after skin has been exposed to sunlight. In the early summer months when your melanin level is low, skin care should be a priority. Make sure you spend time in the shade when the UV rays are at their strongest.
Give your skin a boost
Using a sunscreen that provides both tanning and protection can help stimulate the skin’s production of melanin. It can also bring out that healthy glow even quicker. Calypso’s SPF15 Carrot Oil with tan extender contains vitamins A and E and provides water-resistant and non-greasy sun protection. Unlike bottled tan, accelerator won’t streak or go patchy and will also help to prolong your tan.
After a long winter of covering ourselves up, spring is the perfect time to embrace the natural look. However, it is essential to take it slow and steady to build a healthy, gradual tan.