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Beauty Myth: Base Tans Prevent Sunburns
March 29, 2013

Many people go to tanning salons before they go on vacation in order to get a “base tan” to prevent burning once they get to their destination. But, the point that they are missing is that a tan is an indication of sun damage. A tan may hide the redness of a tan, but the long term damage is still going to exist.

    UV Damage: What does it do?
  • Corrupts DNA
  • Deactivates natural detoxifying enzymes
  • Inhibits Vitamin A – Basal cell regulation
  • Activates enzymes that break down collagen

Sun damage results in premature aging, sun spots and let us not forget skin cancer. The incidence of melanoma is increasing rapidly in woman under the age of 40. Skin Cancer is now the most common cancer in young women aged 25-29, and 2nd only to breast cancer in women ages 30-34. This is especially disturbing as more than 90% of all skin cancers are caused by sun exposure, which we can prevent!


So skip the tanning booth and protect your skin! Anytime you are going to be out in the sun for an extended period of time, you must always wear sunscreen. In order for sunscreen to be effective it needs to be reapplied throughout the day – applying it only in the morning before heading to the beach is not going to cut it. SPF measures the length of time a product protects the skin, so if you normally start to turn pink in 10 minutes of sun exposure, with an SPF 15 it will take 15 times as long (2.5 hours). If you are at the beach reapply sunscreen at least every hour and before and after going swimming.

Although wearing sun screen is good – wearing a trendy wide-brimmed hat and sitting under a beach umbrella is ever better! You will look chic and your skin will thank you!

Just in case you do get a sunburn – make sure that you pack the Hydra Soleil® Deep Relief Tea Gel. This lightweight cooling gel instantly nourishes and hydrates sun exposed skin. Clinically proven thermos thermophilus provides DNA and cell protection while aloe vera, cucumber and our unique tea blend provide après soleil relief. Just smooth onto the burned area to help nourish and encourage cell repair. This is also perfect for relief after your waxing service pre and post trip!

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Beauty Myth: Base Tans Prevent Sunburns