Beauty

10 Golden Rules For Sunny Days

Our sun is wonderful. Take a positive approach to its energy and soak up its soothing warmth – not always, not everywhere and in moderation. Following these ten rules will help you enjoy the sun in a healthy way.

1. Give your skin time to adjust.

Start off with coffee in the morning sun or take a walk in the late afternoon, allowing your skin to gradually adjust to the sun.

2. Take a nap.

Avoid the summer midday sun from 11 am to 4 pm, by basking in the comfortable shade.

3. The simplest sun protection is proper clothing.

Wear light, long-sleeved clothing made of natural materials such as linen, and a sun hat.

4. Apply sunscreen liberally and frequently.

The sun's intensity is often stronger at holiday destinations, especially in southern regions or in the mountains. Apply a thick layer of sunscreen to unprotected body parts, preferably before you leave the house. Select a sun protection factor (SPF) according to your skin type and the sun's intensity. Swimming reduces the SPF, so re-apply sunscreen regularly but also take note that this does not make the protection time last longer.

5. Sun protection from the inside out.

Beta carotene, vitamin E and antioxidants can extend the skin's own natural sun protection, when taken on a regular basis. It's simple: carrots, blueberries, beetroots, spinach, tomato paste, olive oil and salmon are just a few of the delicious foods that contain these healthy substances.

6. Drink plenty of fluids.

Green tea has good antioxidant properties. Water is also beneficial to the skin, especially if the skin has been over-exposed to the sun and lost moisture through sweating in the heat.

7. Protect your eyes.

Wear appropriate sunglasses or a sun visor. Never look directly into the sun.

8. Cooling after-sun care.

In the summer, store your after sun lotion in the fridge, so you can enjoy extra-cool freshness when applying them to your skin.

9. Quick sunburn relief.

In the case of sunburn, get out of the sun and cool down. Drink plenty of water. Putting on a wet t-shirt can also provide fast relief. Its immediate application is effective against pain and inflammation. In case of open wounds or large areas of severely sunburned skin, seek immediate medical treatment.

10. Helpful home remedies.

A quark wrap can cool for up to four hours. Quark should not be applied directly to the skin, since it can stick to the skin as it warms. It's best to place a cloth on a tea-towel, spread a layer of quark on the cloth, top with another cloth and then cover that with a hand towel. Then place the whole compress on the affected area. Pure coconut oil, like all oil and fatty creams, is not a good remedy for sunburn, since it can cause heat build-up in the skin. To care for sunburned skin, it's better to use a soothing skin lotion.

Tip

The gel from the fleshy leaves of the aloe vera plant cools and calms the skin wonderfully. Simply break a leaf from the plant and spread the exposed pulp over the skin.

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