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5 rules of tanning that you should always follow

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Separating tanning fact from tanning fiction isn’t easy. And with temperatures creeping towards 50 in the UAE, it’s never been more important to know your stuff. We often associate a glowing complexion with good health, but skin colour obtained from being in the sun – or in a tanning booth – actually accelerates the effects of aging and increases your risk for developing skin cancer.

ShortList spoke to the Dermatologist Advisor at Bioderma for their golden (get it?) rules.

Everyone needs SPF15 or above
Sun exposure causes most of the skin changes that we think of as a normal part of aging. Over time, the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) light damages the fibres in the skin called elastin. When these fibres break down, the skin begins to sag, stretch, and lose its ability to go back into place after stretching. The skin also bruises and tears more easily – taking longer to heal. So while sun damage to the skin may not be apparent when you’re young, it will definitely show later in life.You should therefore avoid sun exposure when UV levels are highest between 10am – 4pm. Bioderma Photoderm Anti-age SPF 30 also contains an anti-ageing formula.Location, location, location
The sun is stronger the closer you are to the equator as you’re exposed to more UVB rays, which is why you burn more quickly in tropical places. Therefore living in the UAE you need to wear SPF50+ UVA 24. However, ageing UVA rays are constant wherever there is natural light so no matter where you are, you still need protection against both kinds of rays.

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Summer skincare secrets

Use more sunscreen
The average person needs approximately two teaspoons to protect their face, neck and arms. For the entire body you need approximately two tablespoonsful. You also need to reapply your sun protection every two to three hours. Bioderma’s Photoderm Max SPF 50 + is ideal for sensitive skin as it’s fragrance free and has an invisible texture so you don’t have that heavy, gloopy feel on your skin.

No perfume before tanning
Don’t apply perfumes directly on your skin before sun exposure; it will increase the risk of blotches, allergies and burns.

Face facts: some skins don’t tan
Exposure yourself gradually to the sun, especially if you have fair skin. Start your holiday with SPF50 and then wean yourself onto SPF30 for example. But the truth is, some skins will never tan. Redheads should avoid sitting in the sun without the highest level of protection.

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