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Sun tan season

21st May 2012  : 

It's the summer, right? With all the rain around, you might be worried you're not going to get a sun tan this year. Well, think again. It's possible to get a sun tan all year round, and in many different weather conditions, with the sun's UV rays able to break through clouds, and becoming more powerful in extreme weathers, like howling winds on a hot day or sunshine reflecting off snow.

When the sun is blazing, it's tempting to run straight out and lie across the sun lounger. But high temperatures and a clear day can mean you burn rather than tan, gush out sweat and get dehydrated. Long term, you are likely to develop wrinkles and older-looking skin earlier. In the short term, you can develop unsightly age spots and white spots. Age spots on the face are particularly noticeable and unpleasant. Unrelated to age, despite their name, they can appear as red, brown or almost-black spots or patches, which are caused by sun damage and can develop over time. White spots, or milia, can be triggered by dry skin, and often appear under the skin around the eyes, on the eyelids and on the cheeks.

Luckily, there are highly effective remedies for each of these complaints. Using high factor sun screen and just one treatment of Botox can leave your skin smooth, wrinkle-free and youthful-looking for several months. Or for those with more sensitive skin, microdermabrasion involves tiny crystals peeling away the damaged layer of skin at the surface to reveal an instantly more glowing, healthy you. A skincare specialist can advice you on the options.

So what's the best weather for getting a sun tan safely? As clouds filter out the rays, making them less harmful, my vote is a moderately sunny day with a gentle breeze and a few clouds!

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