The 7 Steps for a Healthy Tan

Sunbathing: is it good or bad?

Summer arrives cyclically every year and among the key issues that comes up every time there is the question: is the sun good or bad?
Over the years this question has prompted scientists to seek a precise answer, which however escapes from being found yet. Undoubtedly it can be said that the sun has its pros and cons and knowing them allows us to take it in the right way.
Recent studies have confirmed that exposure increases the risk of developing skin cancers, which is why taking the right preventive measures is a must. On the other hand, it has been shown that sunlight allows the body to have adequate levels of vitamin D, which reduce the possibility of developing tumors towards other organs.
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The mysteries of tan

Tanning is nothing more than the way our body defends itself from the sun. Melatonin, a pigment that is produced when we are hit by the sun’s rays, has the specific task of protecting the skin from UV rays.
It’s good to remember that the ultraviolet rays not only pass through the clouds, but also other elements which lead to the illusion of being sheltered from them.
Under the umbrella, for example, more than 50% of the rays are received due to the reverberation. While 95% of them penetrate the water.
Despite the protective effect of tanning, UV rays also have a harmful appearance. First of all they cause the degeneration of elastin and collagen, the proteins that allow the skin to be elastic. On the other hand, ultraviolet radiation modifies DNA thus leading to possible causes of cancer.


The 7 steps for a healthy tan

It’s important to say that tanning, being a defense system of the skin against the sun’s rays, is something that we take whether we look for it or not. It’s enough to be exposed to the sun for a long time, be it a gardening job or a walk in the city, to get a tan. So not only if we go to the sea do we have to worry about buying solar and similar products.
Here are the golden rules for the right protection.


1. 50% of UvB, the most harmful rays, reach Earth between 11 AM and 4 PM. Not exposing yourself during this time slot saves a fair share of damage.
2. Don’t use residues of old sunscreen because filters are subject to degradation.
3. There is no low, medium or high protection. The sunscreen contained in the creams is the same for everyone, what changes is the duration.
Example: a protection 30 will last 1 hour and 50 minutes, while a protection 50 will last 2 hours and 50 minutes. This is because the number shown on the package must be multiplied by 5.

Guidelines for tan

4. The sunscreen should always be spread at least 15 minutes before sun exposure and renew it not only after the calculated time has elapsed, but also if you get wet.
5. To make the tan more homogeneous or to start stimulating melatonin before exposure to the sun it’s possible to use BB mousses.
The self-tanning mousse of Farmona, it’s easy to spread and absorbs quickly.
Sunscreen protection 50 of Farmona, Sun Balance that combines excellent quality/price.
Skin protection also means lips, better if with a nourishing balm like the one with olive extract by Ziaja Natural.
6. Use thermal water. It’s a cure-all for the skin put to the test by the sun and avoiding dehydration, but it’s also perfect for removing salt after a swim in the sea.
An excellent workout can be the thermal water of Avène which soothes itching, irritation and redness of the skin.

Guidelines for after sun

7. Use the after sun. Although it’s protected during the day, to prevent wrinkles and damage to the skin it’s good to use an intensive treatment in the evening to prepare the skin for subsequent sun exposure. You can use the numerous after-sun products sold commercially in combination with solar, but an excellent natural solution is aloe vera which soothes and hydrates the skin with its active ingredients.
The after sun that I suggest is that of Farmona, Sun Balance line, which cares for and regenerates the skin. It hydrates intensely and restores its elasticity by combining the action of thermal water with aloe vera. If instead you want to use this in purity, the gel of Holika Holika which with its emollient effect takes care of the skin after tanning.

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42 thoughts on “The 7 Steps for a Healthy Tan

  1. This was incredibly informative! I make the mistake of only applying sunscreen just before I’m going out into the sun (often between 11-4pm) and using old sunscreen. Oh! I have a lot to improve. I promise, I’ll be more intentional!

    1. Doing so will only be a great favor that you will do to yourself. The skin is an organ we must take great care of it!

  2. Hi it’s Brenda from You have a lot of information here that I didn’t know about before. I found your article very interesting. Thank you.

  3. Ugh thank you for sharing this! I didn’t know at all that I’d end up in a position to have to learn about the important and the methods of sun screen until this year so it’s nice to see some facts on it!

  4. Ah, thank you for debunking the myth on low, medium and high protection levels on sunscreens. I know this to be the case BUT never read into sun protection products enough to discover the numbers actually represent the duration of time.

  5. Such a great informational post! You have given wonderful points and ways to take care of tanning. We try to get 5-10 minutes of sun daily as Vit D is something that many of us (mostly women) are low on but yes def agree that too much of skin is very dangerous. Sitting outdoor early in morning or later in day, as you mentioned not between 11-4, is a good way to get adequate sun and nature

  6. Great article!! I live in Australia – the sunshine capital so i know the importance of a healthy tan but i would love to try some of these products that you have recommended

  7. Very informative post. Being Asian, my skin is naturally tan, but that does not mean I don’t have to apply sunscreen. Too much sun exposure can cause skin damage and premature aging. That is what I don’t want to have! I make sure I do apply sun protection and avoid being exposed to the sun from 10 am to 2 pm.

  8. indeed found this blog post very useful and helpful..Thanks for sharing the review and the information..glad you shared these steps and products with us….

  9. I always make it a must to wear sunscreen before I go out. Living in a tropical island, the sun is harsh on most days of the year here.

  10. This is very informative post, this is something that we need to do when we are going out of the sun.. Thank you!

  11. I am so pale, I glow in the dark so I rarely get any sun – Even less now with being stuck inside. In Phx summertime is too hot to go outside. But I would definitely be into the sunscreen mouse. It sounds really easy to apply!

  12. to protect our skin while we are exposed to the rays of the sun is really important to avoid serious skin conditions. Your advice is great. Me personally I like to expose my skin gradually as spring shows its face. Since I live in Canada and that there is a season where my skin is completely covered. I really like to start gradually.

  13. I love how you broke down the tanning process in this post and I feel very informed now. I had no idea about after sun care! Funny enough just figured I wore sun scree I’m good, so this was a welcomed eyeopener!

  14. I live in Mumbai, India, so it’s very unusual for me to read a post about tanning, all the while we try to escape the blistering heat of the sun. The after sun products seem useful.

  15. I personally do not tan. I was a sungoddess for years, living at the beach and sale one to many wrinkles on others and I was like NOT ME! I prefer spray tanning myself, but if someone is going to go out in the sun, your tips are awesome.

  16. Not a big fan of tans but I really need one. I have been in my house forever!! haha, I hope to be able to get some sunlight soon and probably go to the beach, so your tips for a healthy tan are really useful!

  17. I enjoyed this thorough article going over how the skin becomes tanned and the importance of protection! So important to check the expiration date on your sunscreen.

  18. I can not get a great tan if my life depended on it. I am pale, blue eyes with freckles. If I had red/orange hair I would be Irish 😁 We tend to tan not so good, so your post will deffenetly help me out.

  19. I have to admit that I’m not one for tanning. I tend to burn and then go right back to pale again. But thank you for the information and advice 🙂

  20. Okay, to be honest, I never knew you had to apply sunscreen 15 minutes beforehand. That is really good to know! I love how well you explain every detail.

  21. My niece has a nice white color. and she really loves to sunbathe every month to achieve her tan skin color. I bet I need to share these products with her.

  22. I was actually looking for a perfect gift for a friend when I bumped into this article, I will purchase the BB Mouse, a perfect description of what she would like. Thank you for this awesome article, makes life easier.

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