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All the tips you need to prepare your skin

Aude Barré
R&D Director

How do I best prepare my skin for sun exposure?

Three weeks before heading off on your holiday, start including a variety of fruits and vegetables rich in beta-Carotene and lycopene in your diet. Common fruit and veg such as carrots, tomatoes, watermelons, apricots and red peppers are a great choice. These products are naturally rich in antioxidants to help prepare your skin for sun exposure and protect it from harmful rays.
Consuming vegetable oil such as walnut oil and colza oil, along with soya and fish rich in omega-3 (tuna, sardines, salmon, etc.), will also help your skin to protect itself from the dehydration caused by ultraviolet light.

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How long before sun exposure must I prepare my skin?

It is best to start preparing your skin for sun exposure one month beforehand. The three tips to follow (ideally all year round in fact) are to eat well, moisturise and exfoliate!

Your skin will thank you.

What is the difference between a self-tanning product and a tan accelerator?

A self-tanner is a cosmetic product containing an active ingredient that colours your skin. It produces a so-called “fake tan”. The molecule used is DHA (dihydroxyacetone).
A tan accelerator encourages melanin to rise to the surface of the skin and therefore accelerates the appearance of a natural tan. When exposed to UV light, the skin will tan more quickly.

Will I tan faster if I prepare my skin?

Yes, for sure! You will run a marathon faster if you have prepared your body. It’s the same with your skin. Not only will you tan faster, but it will also and above all last longer.

Do I need to prepare my skin more if I have lighter skin?

Yes, people with lighter skin need to be more careful as they are more prone to sunburn. Lighter skin is defined as phototypes 0 (albinos), 1 and 2. These phototypes have less pheomelanin, which is what protects the skin from sun damage. This good kind of melanin absorbs UV and infrared light. It also traps free radicals, the highly toxic molecules responsible for the majority of the sun’s harmful effects. People with lighter skin therefore need to take extra care when exposed to the sun.