One Day in the Sun: How to Prevent Skin Damage
By Cindy Kuzma
That one day sure feels glorious. You’re stretched out on the beach, or splashing in the ocean with your new summer fling,
or downing lemonades at the neighborhood block party.
Maybe you put on sunscreen at first, but you’re having such a good time you forget to reapply. Or maybe the whole thing is
so impromptu you just forget to throw the SPF in your tote.
When you get home that night, you start to feel the red, hot, burst of tingling and you know it’s happened--you’ve got a
Those next few hours and days may be painful, itchy and altogether miserable. However, that’s nothing compared to the
lifetime of damage you’ve just done to your skin.
Those harmful UV rays have buried themselves deep in your inner dermis, down to the cellular level. Not only can they
increase your risk for skin cancer and other harmful conditions, they can also add years to your skin’s life, through a
process known as photoaging.
You Don’t Look a Day Over 85
“Photoaging is the acceleration of the signs of aging like wrinkles and dark spots, and can make you look older than you
are,” says Dermacia’s Brittney Keller.
Other telltale effects include dry skin, fine red veins on the face, freckles, and reduced elasticity in your skin-in other
words, it’s not as stretchy or supple as it once was. These may not appear until years after the initial damage is done.
That’s the end result of that golden tan--doesn’t sound like such a healthy summer glow, does it? Well, you already knew
that Dermacia breathable foundation, containing nanozinc sunscreen, could help protect your skin from the sun’s
damaging rays. Now, learn how to use Dermacia breathable foundation and other elements of your beauty arsenal to get
that sun-kissed look without all the trauma and drama.
No More Tangerine Dream
Self-tanners have come a long way from the days of orange-stained fingers and ruined bath towels, Keller notes. New
formulations include color you can see while applying, so you don’t miss a spot. Airbrush and mousse tanners may blend
better than creams.
For best results, apply self-tanner on clean, dry skin in a well-lit room. Apply only a thin layer on hands, elbows, knees and
feet--these areas easily become color-saturated. “If possible, have a friend close by to help make sure you’ve covered all
the right places,” Keller recommends.
Special formulations of self-tanner are custom-made for facial application. In addition, you can use a darker shade of
Dermacia breathable foundation to fake a tanned face, Keller says.
“Apply a slightly darker shade of your Dermacia foundation to spots on your face and chest where the sun naturally hits-
like your cheekbones, forehead, the bridge of your nose, chin and chest,” she says. “Don’t go overboard. Use just enough
so that you look even-toned and healthy--and not so much that it’s obvious you are wearing makeup.”
How do you know where the sun hits your face? Try this tip: Hold a flashlight or lamp angled above your head. Take note of
where the light is brightest and apply makeup to those areas.
Bronzed and Beautiful
Bronzers applied in those same areas can help you achieve that sun-kissed look. With a myriad of options available, it can
be tough to select the right shade. Choose the one that’s closest to your natural suntanned shade for no-miss summer
Bronzers come with and sans-shimmer, a matter of personal preference. “However, if you are using a shimmer bronzer, don’
t go crazy with it,” Keller warns. “You don’t want to look like you got attacked by a fairy.” Use shimmer only on the
cheekbones and chest; matte bronzers allow for a more liberal application.
For drier skin types, a cream bronzer may work better than the traditional powder. Apply it with your fingertips or a
foundation brush for sparkling skin that’s never cakey.
Don’t Get Burned Again
If you get burned once, don’t despair-it’s not too late to make it up to your skin. Immediately following a red and painful
sunburn, apply Dermacia breathable foundation to both soothe and cover the damage. Its patented triple-silica gel will hide
your ruddiness while allowing skin to breathe and heal.
“As for more long-term problems, such as deep wrinkling and sun spots, a trip to your dermatologist or esthetician will
help,” Keller says.
He or she will be able to recommend a treatment for you, such as a laser or acid peel. “You will then be able to follow up by
using your Dermacia foundation to cover any redness and help your skin to heal. And as a bonus, the SPF in your
foundation will also protect you from further damage.”
From now on, make the commitment to yourself--and your skin--to protect your largest organ and most valuable bodily
resource. Don’t leave the house without sunscreen, apply Dermacia breathable foundation liberally, stay in the shade when
possible, and wear a hat. After all, the hottest beauty trend this summer isn’t a harmful tan--it’s healthy, gorgeous, young-
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