FACTS AND FICTIONS about TANNING!

Summer has arrived and it’s time for the perfect tan, however there are also some doubts that many of us have regarding tanning… “is it true that I won’t tan if I use a high SPF??” Today we reveal some facts and fictions about tanning!

Getty Images / Frances Sutherland / EyeEm
Getty Images / Frances Sutherland / EyeEm

YOU DON’T GET A TAN IF YOU USE A HIGH SPF.
❌ FICTION

In actual fact, tans last longer with high SPFs: it merely takes longer, which is vital to ensure that the skin responds to the sun properly.

PIGMENTATION takes place in two different ways and moments:

IMMEDIATE AND TEMPORARY: starts immediately after and lasts 24-36 hours. This skin color is created by the oxidation of the melanin already contained in the cells, and does not provide any protection.

EFFECTIVE AND LONG-LASTING: occurs 48 hours after initial exposure, the time needed to produce new melanin.

It is caused by UVA and UVB rays, is long-lasting and provides protection.
 

THE SUN PROTECTION FACTOR (SPF) INDICATES HOW MANY TIMES YOU CAN MULTIPLY THE AMOUNT OF TIME SPENT IN THE SUN BEFORE SKIN BURNS
✔ TRUE

A protective sunscreen therefore makes it possible to prolong the amount of time, but this does not mean we can expose the skin as much as we want. Remember: there is no such thing as total protection!
 

THE LONGER YOU STAY IN THE SUN, THE MORE TANNED YOU BECOME
❌FALSE

The production of melanin is limited to the quantity and type each person is physiologically able to produce (phototype). Beyond this limit, the skin’s defences are exhausted: further exposure leads to risks and damage in the short and long term.

SUGGESTED PRODUCTS

VERY FAIR SKIN COMPLEXION

For the face:  SUN SOUL EXTRA CREAM SPF 50+ 
For the face and body: SUN SOUL FACE & BODY CREAM SPF 50+ / 
 SUN SOUL MILK KIDS SPF 50+

FAIR SKIN COMPLEXION

For the face: SUN SOUL FACE CREAM SPF 30 
For the face and body: SUN SOUL MILK SPF 30

MEDIUM SKIN COMPLEXION  

For the body: SUN SOUL CREAM SPF 15

DARK SKIN COMPLEXION
For the body: SUN SOUL OIL SPF 6 SUN SOUL MILK SPF 10
 

For all complexions, to protect sensitive areas the SUN SOUL STICK SPF 50+ is the perfect item, ideal for fragile zones, such as the eye contour, lips, nose and ears.  After sun exposure, and the free radical damage that the sun can cause, it is essential to use antioxidant and repairing products, such as SUN SOUL AFTERSUN FACE CREAM and SUN SOUL AFTERSUN BODY CREAM.

For some extra tips, we asked Carlotta Delcanale, Comfort Zone’s Technical Marketing Manager what she suggests: “In order to maintain the skin’s hydration levels, you can apply the HYDRAMEMORY SERUM to the face before applying your sun protection cream.  For an extra antioxidant effect during the periods of sun exposure, it is a real cure-all to apply a few drops of RENIGHT OIL to the face before going to sleep.”

I DON’T NEED PROTECTION WHEN I’M UNDER A BEACH UMBRELLA OR IF IT IS OVERCAST.
❌FALSE

Over 90% of UV rays also penetrate thick clouds. In addition, sand reverberates up to 45% of UV rays, and the “lens” reflecting effect is around 30% on grass and 10% on water. So you must never be without protection!

❌FALSE
Exposure to the sun causes the skin’s horny layer to thicken as a natural defense of the skin against UV radiation. This is why skin tends to look harder and more wrinkly, and undesirable blemishes often appear. A face and body scrub used once a week, including during periods of exposure to the sun, is essential for ensuring skin remains soft and supple. Furthermore, scrubs eliminate the most superficial and “old” melanin that is responsible for the dull appearance and creates an even skin tone, therefore favoring the activation of new melanin for a luminous and long-lasting tan!