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Astuces pour un bronzage parfait.

Tips for a perfect tan.

During the summer, the focus is on tanning to achieve a sun-kissed complexion by the end of the vacation. The ideal would be for it to be even and to last several weeks. Discover all our tips for a pleasant, risk-free, uniform, and long-lasting tan.

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Tip No.1: Gently exfoliate your skin three days prior to exposure.

Achieving the perfect tan begins with some upfront preparations, including a light exfoliation about three days prior. This treatment helps to remove dead cells present on the skin's surface to ensure a more even tan later on. However, it is not recommended to exfoliate your skin the day before sun exposure, as it may weaken the skin and increase the risk of sunburn. At Typology, we offer a whole range of exfoliants for the face and body, gentle and respectful to the skin.

Tip #2: Intensely hydrate your skin.

It is important tohydrate daily, morning and evening, your skin using care products suitable for your skin type, especially when you regularly expose yourself to the sun. Indeed, a dry or dehydrated skin is more sensitive to the sun's UV rays, as it is more porous. In other words, if the hydrolipidic film on its surface is missing or weakened, the skin is more likely to get sunburned.

For the face, you can use the face moisturizing cream with 9 ingredients. Enriched with hyaluronic acid (INCI: Sodium Hyaluronate) and coconut oil (INCI: Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil), it is a minimalist formula that hydrates and nourishes the epidermis. Its light and non-greasy texture is suitable for all skin types. For the body, opt for the body moisturizing cream with 10 ingredients, which hydrates all skin types, even sensitive ones.

Tip #3: Do not underestimate the role of diet.

In order to maximize your chances of achieving a beautiful tan, don't hesitate to take care of your diet by focusing on foods rich in beta-carotenes, such as carrots, tomatoes, melons, apricots, peaches, mangoes, broccoli, or even spinach. Beta-carotene is converted into retinol, the active form of vitamin A, in the intestinal lining. The presence of retinol in the blood stimulates the synthesis of melanin, the pigment responsible for skin browning.

Don't hesitate to also turn to foods containing copper, such as lentils, almonds, and nuts. Copper is a tanning ally, as it is a co-factor of tyrosinase, an enzyme involved in the synthesis process of melanin. It is responsible for the activation of tyrosine, an amino acid, into melanin. For a tanned and luminous complexion, the consumption of tyrosine is also recommended. It is mainly found in dairy products.

Finally, also include vitamins C and E in your diet, as they are natural antioxidants. Capable of combating free radicals and the damage they cause (such as brown spots, photoaging, sunburns...), these vitamins can be found in foods like radishes, grapes, apples, or blackberries.

Note : For a perfect tan, you can also rely on dietary supplements. They often have the advantage of being more concentrated in nutrients than natural foods, which enhances their effectiveness.

Tip #4: Generously apply sunscreen.

Contrary to popular belief, sunscreen does not prevent tanning. On the contrary, it helps prevent skin dryness and sunburn, both of which can hinder the tanning process. Therefore, it is recommended to consistently apply sunscreen before exposure and to reapply every two hours or in case of swimming and heavy sweating. This skincare product forms a protective filter against UVA and UVB rays, preventing them from penetrating the skin and generating free radicals that damage cell membranes, DNA, and proteins.

Sunscreen is most often chosen based on its sun protection factor (SPF). It is particularly recommended for individuals with fair skin to opt for an SPF 50 sunscreen, while those with darker skin can choose between an SPF 30 or SPF 50 cream. At Typology, we have a whole range of sun care products (SPF 30 and SPF 50) for the body and face. They effectively protect against UVA and UVB rays thanks to a combination of carefully selected organic and mineral filters.

Tip #5: Do not shower before sun exposure.

Long exposure to hot water tends to dry out the skin and weaken the hydrolipidic film on its surface, making the skin more sensitive to the sun's rays. The hydrolipidic film is a protective veil that reduces the risk of skin dryness and penetration of external agents. By removing it, hot water makes the skin more prone to insensible water loss, and therefore to dehydration. To tan safely, it is preferable to take a shower after sunbathing. This will also help remove all sunscreens and any particles of sand, salt, or sweat from your skin.

Tip #6: Gradually expose yourself to the sun.

For a lasting and even tan, opt for a gradual exposure. A few minutes of tanning per day are enough for the skin to initiate the melanogenesis process. Moreover, it's important to give the skin time to acclimate and rehydrate after being dried out by UV rays. In the following days, you can gradually extend the exposure duration, but not exceeding one to two hours per day, depending on your phototype.

Tip #7: Avoid exposure between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

It's important to note that certain times of the day are more conducive to tanning than others. To enjoy a pleasant relaxation session, avoid UV rays between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. This is the time of day when they are most intense and energetic, thus the most dangerous. Instead, expose yourself between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. or in the late afternoon, this will promote achieving a sun-kissed complexion without sunburn.

Tip #8: Regularly change your position while tanning.

In order to ensure an even tan, it's important to remember to move around regularly during your sun exposure. Additionally, staying in the same position for extended periods increases the risk of sunburn, especially for those with fair skin. Start by lying on your back, then turn to one side, then the other, and onto your stomach, according to your preference. Engaging in outdoor sports such as beach volleyball or badminton is also an excellent way to ensure an even tan.

Tip No. 9: Using self-tanner to perfect your tan.

After a tanning session, it's possible that the sun-kissed complexion may not be entirely even. Depending on the clothing or the shape of the swimsuit, the skin may show some unsightly demarcations. The application of a self-tanner is one of the tricks that can help diminish these marks.

A self-tanner is a skincare product that provides a brown coloring to the skin, similar to the one obtained when tanning, without having to expose oneself to the sun. It often contains dihydroxyacetone (DHA) or erythrulose, molecules that react with the amino acids of the stratum corneum to form melanoidin, a brown pigment.

However, it is crucial to apply self-tanning products sparingly to avoid the opposite of the desired effect and accentuate overly tanned areas. At Typology, we have formulated two treatments that provide a natural and gradual tan: a self-tanning serum for the face and a self-tanning gel for the body.

Sources

  • WILLIAMSON G. & al. Skin bioavailability of dietary vitamin E, carotenoids, polyphenols, vitamin C, zinc and selenium. The British Journal of Nutrition (2006).

  • HEVERTS H. & al. Vitamin A in skin and hair: an update. Nutrients (2022).

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