The summer season has arrived, along trips to the beach, the sun, sand, sea, pools, heat, sweat, irritation, burning, redness …yes, you shouldn’t let a bad tan ruin your vacation, so you must prevent and take care of your skin, so you can enjoy your stay at the beach to the fullest!
Protecting the skin from the sun is something that has been present for thousands of years. The Egyptians (7500 BC) used a paste made of almond oil, jasmine and magnolia. During the Middle Ages, women used to spread different oils made of vegetables, on the body. In 1944 the first sunscreen was created to protect against the harmful rays of the sun, after seeing the different burns that soldiers of the Second World War had suffered. This product was made from petroleum, it was red and thick. But it was until the 1950s that the concept of Sun Protection Factor (SPF) was introduced, which would become popular 20 years later.
Sunblock or sunscreen?
Sunscreen is the more commonly used type of sun protectant. It filters or screens the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. It keeps most rays out but lets some in. It may also be called a chemical sunscreen. Sunblock, on the other hand, reflects the sun’s rays from the skin, blocking the rays from penetrating the skin. It may be called a physical sunscreen. On the other hand there are types of sunscreens that only accelerate the tan and help your skin stay moist, some contain pigments that intensify color.
They should be applied on the skin 30 minutes before exposure to the sun and should be applied again if you spend a lot of time in the water. In addition to protective creams, the use of accessories that diminish the sun’s rays on the skin are more than adequate such as hats, caps, sunglasses and the right clothes for your comfort.
But not everything is bad! Sun rays also have numerous benefits for the body, such as the high intake of vitamin D, ideal for bone mineralization, strengthening the immune system and maintaining the balance of cholesterol and the appearance of the skin.
So do not hesitate to protect yourself and enjoy the sun while visiting the wonderful beaches of Jamaica, Mexico, the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Cuba, St. Lucia, Aruba, Antigua, Bonaire, Costa Rica, Curacao or Panama.