Beautician Maria de Fátima gives tips on how to achieve a healthy and long-lasting tan and explains ways to minimize redness and burning of the skin after excessive sun exposure
After the summer season at the beach, field and swimming pool, many people end up returning with tarnished, reddish and flaky skin. The beautician Maria de Fátima Lima Pereira talks about why this happens and gives some tips on how to care for the skin during this process and shows that it is possible to get a tan in a healthy way.
After 3 or 4 days of excessive sun exposure, the skin usually becomes reddish, and after 7 days it becomes brownish and then peeling. This is due to the fact that it has not been properly prepared with moisturizers and sunscreen to obtain safe tan, which often takes 15 to 20 days to occur, time it takes for the melanin to rise to the surface of the skin and fix the color.
Maria de Fatima explains that “to get a tan in the right way, it takes days of preparation, it does not happen in just one weekend. So that the skin does not flake we need to prepare it properly, exfoliating it twice a week, at least 10 days before sun exposure and moisturizing it daily. And of course we use sunscreen every two hours when exposed. ” Still about exfoliation, the ideal is not to do the procedure one day before sunbathing, because the skin becomes more sensitive and thin, which can cause erythema or sensitization.
If the skin is in the phase of desquamation, the beautician gives an important warning “never remove the casquinhas or accelerate the process, because it needs to be renewed naturally for a more resistant skin.”
Other important skincare tips in the flaking phase:
- Drink plenty of fluids. Drink water, coconut water, natural juices;
- Avoid very hot baths and prefer neutral soaps to use on the feet, pubic region and underarms. Do not apply soap in the areas of peeling because the skin will become even more dry.
- Use bath oil as well as moisturizing facial and body masks.
- Moisturize the face and / or body twice a day and do not forget to apply sunscreen every two hours.
If the skin is reddened (erythema) and / or sensitive apply chamomile tea compresses at room temperature or fresh. “Another option is to dip in warm or even cold water with essential oils such as wheat germ, rosehip, geranium, palmarosa, vetiver, sandalwood or patchouli.”
It is important to avoid any type of sun exposure during the period of skin peeling, blistering or sensitization as it may aggravate. Always consult a dermatologist if redness persists.