Preparing your skin for the summer should be done well in advance of long sunbathing sessions. The ideal preparation already starts months before. The skin has the ability to protect itself and this ability, just like a muscle, needs to be trained. Sunscreen, especially chemical filters, should be used in a very limited way, as there are better ways to protect your skin from the sun.
Our skin needs sunlight to synthesise vitamin D, which is very important for our skin, bones and immune system. Therefore gradual tanning is the best way to get the sunlight your body needs, without damaging your skin. Start with a few minutes and then increase day by day). Use physical protection (hat, long sleeves, etc.), if the sun is very strong or if you have been exposed already for a while.
Another way is to help the skin from the inside. Certain foods increase the activities of the melanocytes, which are synthesising the skin pigment melanin. Green and orange plants are the ideal allies to help your skin: pumpkin, carrots, spinach, mangold, parsley, mint, green tea and also berries activate the skin’s autoprotection. You should start eating a few weeks before sunbathing.