Sunbathing: 5 tips for a healthy tan

Sunbathing: woman with sun hat

We all want a nice tan for the summer. But healthy sunbathing needs to be learned - with these tips you will get tanned without risk!

Why do we need the sun?

Finally, the sun dares to emerge from behind the clouds and warms us with its rays! Then we are drawn outside - sunbathing is the desire to have beautifully tanned skin. And soaking up the sun regularly is important to us because this is the only way our skin can produce the vital vitamin D. We need the hormone for various metabolic processes and a strong immune system. Vitamin D deficiency, on the other hand, can increase the risk of various diseases, for example, diabetes, depression or Alzheimer's.

Can sunbathing harm us too?

As important as the sun is to us - we should only be exposed to it in moderation. Because their UV-A and UV-B rays destroy the important collagen in deeper tissue layers. The result: cell damage and wrinkles. If the immune system is weakened at the same time, the body's own regeneration can no longer adequately repair this damage, which in turn increases the risk of skin cancerCell damage can be significant, especially in the case of sunburnTip: We will tell you everything you should know about the duration of the sunburn.

Sunbathing? Sure - but right!

So that you can enjoy your sunbathing and don't have to worry about your skin, here are the five best tips for healthy sunbathing:

1. Not without my sunscreen!

It cannot be said often enough: The power of the sun is often underestimated. In order to prevent skin cancer and prevent the skin from aging prematurely, we should always apply sunscreen when we are out in the sun or sunbathing properly. In the article sun protection factor, we reveal which protection is the best for which skin typeImportant: Since the protection of the sunscreen wears off over time, you should reapply regularly (especially after swimming). You can find out more about baby sunscreen here!

2. Better not to do without clothes

Even if we have cream on our whole body - clothing also offers very good protection against UV radiation. Sensitive parts of the body such as the scalp and eyes need every conceivable protection. Therefore, it is best to wear a sun hat or a scarf and sunglasses when you are outside for a long time.

3. The shadow provides only limited protection

Would you like to sleep under the parasol? Better not! Even in the shade, the sun still has a good 50 percent of its radiance. Therefore, the following also applies here: always apply the cream.

4. Avoid the midday heat

Sunbathing should generally be taboo at lunchtime - this is when the sun's UV radiation is strongest. It is better to stay in the shade between 12 noon and around 2 p.m. to protect your skin.

5. Don't overdo it

Even if the thought of a whole day in the sun sounds like a dream to many - this is not recommended. Even if we use sunscreen and wear clothes, a sun hat and sunglasses, the UV radiation reaches our skin to a certain extent. So we shouldn't sunbathe too long or wander around in the sun. If the skin begins to turn red, it means: Get out of the sun - there is a risk of nasty sunburn (if this happens, our sunburn home remedies will help, by the way )!

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